The optimal approach to nutrition and cystic fibrosis: Latest evidence and recommendations

Francis M. Hollander*, Nicole M. de Roos, Harry G.M. Heijerman

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Abstract

Purpose of review Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a progressive genetic disease that affects multiple organ systems. Therapy is directed to maintain and optimize nutritional status and pulmonary function, as these are key factors in survival. In this review, the most recent findings regarding nutritional management associated with pulmonary function and outcome will be explored. Recent findings Evidence-based and expert-based guidelines emphasize the need for adequate nutritional intake to improve nutritional status. For infants and young children, the aim is to achieve the 50th percentile of weight and length for a healthy same-age population up to age 2 years. For older children and adolescents 2-18 years, the target is a BMI of at or above the 50th percentile for healthy children. For CF adults of at least 18 years, the target is a BMI of at or above 22kg/m2 for women and at or above 23kg/m2 for men. Recently, new drugs are developed with the aim to treat the malfunction of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator gene. This potentiator/corrector therapy improves lung function and nutritional status and decreases the number of infective exacerbations. As survival is improving and the CF population is aging, it is important to focus on micronutrient and macronutrient intake of CF patients in different age and disease stages. Summary Recent evidence-based nutritional guidelines and improved medical treatment support the nutritional monitoring and interventions in CF patients. Nutritional care should be personalized and provided by a specialized CF dietitian because patients' care needs may change dramatically during their disease progress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)556-561
JournalCurrent Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
Volume23
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017

Keywords

  • cystic fibrosis
  • cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator
  • evidence-based guidelines
  • nutrition
  • pulmonary function

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