Clinic check up

Today was originally a regular follow up but became an IV check up. All looks good. My weight is down a little from all the antibiotics wreaking havoc on my gut. My FEV1 was down a smidge to 34%/.98L but still around my baseline. I also had a dexa scan (bone density). I have a dexa every 2 years to check my bone health. In 2016 my scan showed osteopenia which is a step before osteoporosis. It just means that my bones are a little weak. With CF I don’t absorb nutrients normally because of my bad pancreas therefore I have to take vitamin and calcium supplements. Continue reading

CF Awareness Month: Osteoperosis

People with CF are very prone to having osteoporosis, or any degree of osteopenia.  Osteopenia is a condition where bone mineral density is lower than normal.  Osteoporosis is where there is a loss of bone mass and density.  This means that you are more prone to fractures.  CFers are prone to these bone conditions because of the absorption issues with digestion.  We don’t get all of the nutrients from the foods we eat because they can’t be digested correctly.  Most all CFers should take a multi-vitamin, whether it is the vitamins specifically for CF or an over the counter one.  Extra vitamin D and calcium should also be taken to help keep bone health strong.  Continue reading