Cystic Fibrosis and CF Related Diabetes

By: Megan Fontes and Casey Shield

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CF Related Diabetes
Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis-Related Diabetes (CFRD) is an exceptional type of diabetes that only affects those who have already been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. As many as 16 percent of all patients with cystic fibrosis also have diabetes, however, this number is expected to increase as the overall life expectancy for Cystic Fibrosis patients increases. CF patients suffer frequent occurrences of infection and inflammation that slowly destroy the lungs. The pancreas is also affected, interfering with proper digestion. The disease stems from a faulty gene that blocks the normal passage of salt and water through the body's cells. It is this gene deficiency that is proposed to cause insulin-producing cells to malfunction.