Amanda Turkiewicz

More information on CF bone disease

Studies have shown that, on average, CF patients have 10% lower bone mineral density compared to other people of the same age and height. Because patients are living longer now, this condition has become more relevant, as it tends to manifest later in life. Also, physicians are more aware of osteoporosis in CF patients and are looking for this condition more frequently than they were before. Patients with thin bones have a much higher risk of breaking bones. Staying active with regular exercise not only helps improve your lung function, it also improves your bone density. The more force you apply to the bones, the stronger they become. Also, it is important to take vitamins, especially Vitamin D and calcium (in foods or supplements), to ensure adequate blood levels so that your body has the building blocks necessary to lay down new bone.