Living with Cystic Fibrosis

Today, almost 45 percent of the cystic fibrosis population is aged 18 years or older. As people with CF live longer, they are more likely to develop middle-aged health issues, such as CF-related diabetes, osteoporosis and infertility in men.

A person with CF is always at risk of lung infections. Ways to lessen the risk include:

  • Frequent handwashing with soap and water or hand gel
  • Avoid unnecessary contact with people who have a cold or other contagious illness
  • Get a flu shot every year
  • Don't smoke and stay away from secondhand smoke

Talk to your doctor about your diet. Children and adults with CF may need a high-calorie, high-fat diet to make up for the improper absorption of nutrients caused by the disease. You also may need pancreatic enzyme supplements, and vitamin and mineral supplements.