Cystic Fibrosis News Today recently posted an article listing 10 Facts About Cystic Fibrosis. Those living with CF won’t find anything new in the list. However, we’re repeating the list here because it may come in handy at those times when someone asks you, “What is CF?” and there isn’t time for the in depth discussion that’s needed to fully explain the disease and its implications.
So here’s the list from Cystic Fibrosis News Today:
- About 30,000 people in the US suffer from CF
- Cystic fibrosis is one of the most common lung diseases in children
- Cystic fibrosis is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder – passed down through families
- CF is generally diagnosed in infants but mild forms of the disease can sometimes be diagnosed in adults
- Cystic fibrosis patients often suffer from lung infections and digestive disorders
- Scientists have been researching gene therapy, in an attempt to find a cure for cystic fibrosis
- Cystic fibrosis patients’ life span averages around 40 years of age
- A person suffering from cystic fibrosis needs a diet that is high in calories and protein
- Regular physical exercise is an essential part of a CF patient’s daily routine
- Pulmonary care for CF includes several techniques for mucus clearance, breathing inhalers and, in severe cases, lung transplant
For updates on a wide variety of topics, you can visit the Cystic Fibrosis News Today web site.