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Is a high calorie, high fat or high protein diet beneficial to young cystic fibrosis patients?

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David Miller
Family Medicine
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In brief: Not high fat

One of the problems folks with CF have is that their pancreatic duct gets blocked.
This means that the fat-digesting enzymes from their pancreas can't get to their gut and break down the fat they eat. A high-fat diet would be very bad in this situation. You need to have conversations with your CF doc to optimize your diet. You should have both a pulmonologist and a GI doc on your team.

In brief: Not high fat

One of the problems folks with CF have is that their pancreatic duct gets blocked.
This means that the fat-digesting enzymes from their pancreas can't get to their gut and break down the fat they eat. A high-fat diet would be very bad in this situation. You need to have conversations with your CF doc to optimize your diet. You should have both a pulmonologist and a GI doc on your team.
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

In general, CF kids need much more fat and salt in their diet since their generic defect prevents proper management of sodium.

In brief: Yes

In general, CF kids need much more fat and salt in their diet since their generic defect prevents proper management of sodium.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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