The Salty Life Foundation thinks is is important to note that while cystic fibrosis is defined by a singular, medical definition, it affects each person with CF differently both physically and mentally. 

Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. In people with CF, mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene cause the CFTR protein to become dysfunctional. When the protein is not working correctly, it’s unable to help move chloride -- a component of salt -- to the cell surface. Without the chloride to attract water to the cell surface, the mucus in various organs becomes thick and sticky. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps germs, like bacteria, leading to infectionsinflammation, respiratory failure, and other complications. For this reason, minimizing contact with germs is a top concern for people with CF. In the pancreas, the buildup of mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes that help the body absorb food and key nutrients, resulting in malnutrition and poor growth. In the liver, the thick mucus can block the bile duct, causing liver disease. In men, CF can affect their ability to have children.

Reference: *The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 

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*The Salty Life: A Cystic Fibrosis Magazine does not give medical advice. Any medical opinions represented in these articles are those of the writer and do not represent the views of The Salty Life Foundation, any of our sponsors, or any other group or individual. We strongly suggest you consult your doctors regarding any medical references and before altering your medical regimen in any way. The Salty Life Foundation does not endorse any products or procedures or companies. 

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