Informative Essay On Cystic Fibrosis

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What Is Cystic Fibrosis? At lunch, Lindsay often gets bored with having the same old conversation with her friends: "You're so lucky!" "Yeah, I'd give anything to be able to eat as much as you do and be so skinny!" "Cheeseburgers or mac and cheese every day — that would be great." Lindsay is one of about 30,000 people living with cystic fibrosis (CF) in the United States, and she has to eat high-fat, high-calorie foods just to stay healthy. A lot of the time she just doesn't feel well enough to eat the foods most teens crave. And sometimes, when her schedule's really hectic, she'd love to just skip a meal like her friends do. CF is a genetic disease that affects the body's epithelial cells, which are found in many places, including the sweat…show more content…
These vitamins are important for growth and healing and they need fat to be absorbed. Because most teens with CF have trouble digesting fat, they often have low levels of these vitamins and may be prescribed supplements. In some cases, teens with CF may have low energy or trouble gaining weight, even with good nutrition and supplements. For these teens, doctors may recommend they get extra nutrients through a tube that is inserted into the stomach (called tube feeding). Tube feedings, which most people choose to do overnight, provide about 1,000 to 2,000 calories. These overnight feedings leave teens with CF free to enjoy normal meals and activities during the day. Tube feedings may sound gross, but they can be an excellent way to help teens who are having trouble gaining weight, especially when they're sick. Having a tube put in for the feedings is usually an uncomplicated procedure that doesn't require extensive surgery or a long hospital stay. In fact, most teens who have feeding tubes inserted can go home the same day as they get the procedure done. Enzyme

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