Wednesday, June 5, 2013

CF basics.

If you have been reading the blog lately and have no idea what I mean when I say "Cystic Fibrosis" are in luck. Today is a fact day.

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). 

A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that does two things....A) it clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening infections and B) it obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.

About 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year.
More than 70% of patients are diagnosed by age two.
More than 45% of the CF patient population is age 18 or older.

The predicted median age of survival for a person with CF is in the late 30s.

Research has come a long way since the early 1950s, when children with cystic fibrosis rarely made it to elementary school. However, there is no cure for cystic fibrosis. Specialized medical care, aggressive drug treatments and therapies, along with proper CF nutrition, can lengthen and improve the quality of life for those with CF.

To learn more click here...or stick around. I'll be telling you more about my friend Brad, CF, and how you can help.

Be the change. Make the difference.

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