Cystic fibrosis is a chronic disease that affects many aspects of daily life. One of the ways to take care of your health is regular exercise and sports. But how does cystic fibrosis affect the body and what forms of exercise and sports are particularly recommended?
In cystic fibrosis, the respiratory and digestive organs are affected. As a result, they may experience problems breathing and eating. Regular exercise and sports can help improve lung capacity, increase oxygen uptake and aid digestion. However, not every form of exercise is suitable for cystic fibrosis patients.
This series of articles discusses the pros and cons of different forms of exercise to help cystic fibrosis patients make informed choices. We will look at different types of exercise and how to do them safely and effectively.
Sports and exercise in cystic fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease caused by a malfunction of the CFTR gene. This disorder results in impaired function of the mucus glands and altered consistency of mucus produced in the airways and other organs. The disease primarily affects the lungs, but other organs such as the pancreas, intestines and liver can also be affected.