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Should you exercise if you have cystic fibrosis (CF)?

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When you work out, you breathe faster and harder, which helps you cough up more mucus. Exercise also improves your mood and protects other parts of your body, like your bones and heart.

If you work out on a regular basis, you may not need as much CPT. Check with your doctor first about what types of activities are safe for you.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Cystic Fibrosis -- Treatment,” “Cystic Fibrosis -- Symptoms and Causes.”

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: “Life with CF: Treatments and Therapies,” “Nebulizer Care at Home,” “CFTR Modulator Therapies,” “Chest Physical Therapy,” “Why Participate in a Clinical Trial?” “Weighing the Benefits and Risks,” “Fitness.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “How is Cystic Fibrosis Treated?” “What Are Clinical Trials?”

Johns Hopkins Cystic Fibrosis Center: “Treatments: Pancreas/Gastrointestinal Tract.”

Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine: “The Cystic Fibrosis Intestine.”

NHS: “Treating Cystic Fibrosis.”

University of Michigan Medicine: “Bronchodilators for Cystic Fibrosis.”

Cystic Fibrosis Center at Stanford: “Sinusitis.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on August 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Cystic Fibrosis -- Treatment,” “Cystic Fibrosis -- Symptoms and Causes.”

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: “Life with CF: Treatments and Therapies,” “Nebulizer Care at Home,” “CFTR Modulator Therapies,” “Chest Physical Therapy,” “Why Participate in a Clinical Trial?” “Weighing the Benefits and Risks,” “Fitness.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “How is Cystic Fibrosis Treated?” “What Are Clinical Trials?”

Johns Hopkins Cystic Fibrosis Center: “Treatments: Pancreas/Gastrointestinal Tract.”

Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine: “The Cystic Fibrosis Intestine.”

NHS: “Treating Cystic Fibrosis.”

University of Michigan Medicine: “Bronchodilators for Cystic Fibrosis.”

Cystic Fibrosis Center at Stanford: “Sinusitis.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on August 17, 2018

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