Cystic fibrosis

  • Inherited disease that affects the glands that produce secretions such as mucus, sweat and digestive juices
  • Secretions become thick and sticky resulting in inflammation of the lungs, digestive system and other organs
  • Symptoms may include cough, shortness of breath, distended abdomen, diarrhea and weight loss
  • Affects males and females but males usually have a slower progression and the disease is not as severe
  • Present at birth but milder cases may not be noticed until later childhood or adulthood
  • Life threatening

  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke
  • Wash hands regularly
  • Increase your fluid intake
  • Exercise regularly

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