Dangers Of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

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Dangers of Cystic Fibrosis For centuries, genetic diseases have raided the planet growing stronger and mutating faster every day. Scientists have been working hard to develop concoctions to reduce the crippling effects of these diseases; if not eradicate the harsh effects of these potentially deadly genetic conditions altogether. Among these numerous life threatening genetic diseases is cystic fibrosis (CF), an inherited lifelong condition that promotes the production of thick sticky mucus causing lung infections from the entrapment of various bacteria such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF), their 2012 patient registry polling indicated cystic fibrosis as a genetic disease affecting over 30,000…show more content…
In regards to the digestive tract, organs such as the liver, small and large intestines, gallbladder, mouth, stomach, esophagus, and pancreas are prime locations of complications pertaining to mucus blockage. The pancreas, which is responsible for secreting enzymes assisting in food digestion and insulin for maintaining blood sugar levels, is mainly affected by cystic fibrosis. Thick mucus production creates a blockage within the pancreas ducts and creates a decline in the pancreas’ ability to secrete digestive enzymes to aid in digestion. With the body’s inability to appropriately secrete the necessary digestive enzymes for proper function, young patients with CF usually have problems with absorbing fats, certain proteins, and fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Digestive problems can lead to conditions such as diarrhea, malnutrition, poor growth, and weight loss. In adolescence or adulthood, insulin shortage can cause a form of diabetes known as cystic fibrosis-related diabetes mellitus, which consumes approximately 35% of adolescent population with cystic fibrosis (Cystic Fibrosis). Mucus plays a huge role in the reproductive systems as well, but due to the harsh mutated texture of the mucus in patients with cystic fibrosis, problems in male and female patients appear slightly differently. In male patients the risk of forming a benign condition known as a hydrocele, which is the accumulation of
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