Eating well and maintaining good nutrition is a vital component of care for patients with cystic fibrosis. Research has shown that maintaining a healthy weight, appropriate growth, and optimal body mass index (BMI) can promote better lung function. Registered Dietitians (RD) are trained to support you in reaching nutrition goals in many different ways. Your RD can help you:
- Develop a nutrition plan to ensure that you are meeting calorie and nutrient needs to fight off lung infections and maintain lung function. This could include support with increasing calorie intake at meals/snacks, oral nutrition supplements, tube feedings, etc.
- Assess fat soluble vitamin levels & make recommendations to help reach/maintain normal fat soluble vitamin levels.
- Monitor for signs/symptoms of fat malabsorption & make recommendations re: dosing of your pancreatic enzyme regimen.
- Help to manage CF related diabetes and bone health.
If you have any questions regarding your nutrition, please contact your Registered Dietitian
Phone: (512) 324-9999 Ext. 86238
Phone: (512) 324-1000 Ext. 18223
CF Nutrition Resources
CF patients may be eligible to receive up to $1500 annually for assistance with nutritional supplements. To qualify:
- You must be treated for CF
- Have insurance that covers medications,
- Your income must fall within guidelines (Household income limit is 500% of federal poverty)
To apply, call 1800.675,8416. For more information visit their website at https://www.healthwellfoundation.org/fund/cystic-fibrosis-vitamins-supplements/
Enzyme Assistance Programs:
CREON CareForward Program: https://www.creon.com/hcp/cfcareforward
ZENPEP LiveToThrive Program: https://www.live2thrive.org/
CHIESI (PERTZYE) CareDirect Program: https://pertzyecares.com/chiesi-caredirect/
PANCREAZE Patient Assistance Program: https://pancreaze.com/patient-support/
Texas Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
“The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, popularly known as WIC, is a nutrition program for pregnant, breastfeeding women and families with children younger than 5.”
Central Texas Food Bank