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CYSTIC FIBROSIS – SO COMMON IN THE YOUNG – WHAT CAN WE DO?

The Cystic Fibrosis Crisis?

How can we avoid it?

Any involvement with  cystic fibrosis,? Then you understand and appreciate the difficulties that come with living with this disease.

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So what exactly is it and how does it affect the body?

Cystic fibrosis is a chronic disease of the lungs and digestive system that is inherited and affects tens of thousands of people throughout the world ever year, both adults and children. This condition is caused by a defective gene which causes the body to produce thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs, making it difficult to breathe and causing life-threatening lung infections.

Cystic fibrosis symptoms

The symptoms of cystic fibrosis may include salty-tasting skin, persistent cough with phlegm, wheezing and shortness of breath, lung infections, poor growth and weight gain, difficulty with bowell movements, etc.

Statistics show that around 1,000 plus cases in the USA alone new cases of CF are discovered each year and most people are diagnosed before the age of two.

New testing techniques allow people to get a diagnosis at an earlier age, making it easier to seek proper treatment and maintenance of the condition.

Back about 50 years ago or before, people with cystic fibrosis would be expected to not make it into their teens. In fact, most children with the disease would not make it to elementary school. But today new advancements have made it possible for people with cystic fibrosis to live much longer lives and in many cases even live fairly normal lives, even with the condition.

Over 40% of the cystic fibrosis population today is over the age of 18 with the average life span reaching 37 years old. This may seem grim to some but when compared to the statistics of a few years ago, that is a major advancement. Advancements also include better treatments to help with CF in children and adults.

Cystic fibrosis treatment

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Some treatments include causing cough to help loosen the mucus in the airways to increase breathing. There are also new therapies to help increase longevity and there are many organizations to help people with cystic fibrosis and their families. If you or someone in your family has cystic fibrosis, don’t be afraid to seek all the help you can get. You don’t have to live with this disease alone.

The more you learn about lung health and how to increase your lung health, the longer and happier you will live.

Learn this lesson quickly and add quality years to your life.

Published by Henry Sapiecha 24th August 2009

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