Cystic enzymes from the pancreas to your intestine.

Cystic Fibrosis, or Mucoviscidosis, is a genetic disease that most commonly causes infection in the lungs and pancreas. This infection is caused by the buildup of thick mucus in places such as the airways. Cystic Fibrosis directly affects the cells that produce mucus, which is usually thin and causes it to become sticky and think. Instead of keeping passageways in the body moist, it clogs them, leading to infection. It is most commonly diagnosed in young children because of frequent pneumonia and lack of growth. Three major body functions that Cystic Fibrosis can interrupt are reproduction, digestive processes, and respiratory processes. Men who are born with Cystic Fibrosis quickly become infertile because the tube that connects the testes and prostate gland is clogged with mucus. As previously stated, cystic fibrosis can result in mucus in fluid in the lungs, which creates the ideal conditions for bacteria, leading to infection. The mucus created can also cause the blockage of tubes that carry digestive enzymes from the pancreas to your intestine. Cystic Fibrosis is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder, which means that someone would have to inherit a mutated copy of the CFTR gene from both carrier parents. In most cystic fibrosis patients, the mutated gene was missing three nucleotides which resulted in the shifting of the sequence of the polypeptide chain. Some symptoms include a persistent cough that produces thick mucus, wheezing, and an inflamed nasal passage. White people of Northern European ancestry are most likely to have Cystic Fibrosis. Ashkenazi Jewish and Caucasians are the most affected ethnic backgrounds. As of the present day, there is still no cure for Cystic Fibrosis. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation collects money and funds research to develop more effective therapies for Cystic Fibrosis patients. Most people who suffer from Cystic Fibrosis clear their lungs of mucus everyday usually using a vibrating vest that loosens mucus throughout the body. People affected also take inhaled medicine daily to help get rid of or lessen the mucus. Lastly, pancreatic enzyme supplements are usually taken with every meal, to ensure that enough vital nutrients are absorbed by the body.ReferencesCystic Fibrosis Foundation. (n.d.). Retrieved from fibrosis. (2016, October 13). Retrieved from