CYSTIC FIBROSIS2IntroductionCystic Fibrosis is a disorder that is inherited. In this disorder severe damage can be caused to both the digestive system and the lungs. Currently around 30,000 people in the U.S. areliving with Cystic Fibrosis and about 1000 new cases are diagnosed every year. Most cases of Cystic fibrosis are diagnosed by the age of 2 and the current lifespan of people with the disorder is around 39 years. In Cystic Fibrosis there is a defective gene that effects the cells that produce mucus, sweat and digestive juices in the body (Foundation, nd). In people with cystic fibrosis, the body produces mucus that is abnormally thick and sticky. This abnormal mucus can clog the airways, leading to severe problems with breathing and bacterial infections in the lungs. These infections can cause chronic coughing, wheezing, and inflammation. Over time, mucus buildup and infections can result in permanent lung damage, including the formation of scar tissue (fibrosis) and cysts in the lungs which leads to the disease being called cystic fibrosis (Genetic Home Reference, 2016).Some people with cystic fibrosis will also have digestive problems. Affected babies have can have meconium ileus, a blockage of the intestine that occurs shortly after birth. Other digestive problems may result from a buildup of thick, sticky mucus in the pancreas. The pancreas is an organ that produces insulin within the body. It also makes enzymes that help digest food. In people with cystic fibrosis, mucus can block the ducts of the pancreas, reducing the production of insulin and preventing digestive enzymes from reaching the intestines to aid digestion. Problems with digestion can lead to diarrhea, malnutrition, poor growth, and weight loss (Genetic Home Reference, 2016).