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CF Related Diabetes

Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes (CFRD)  is common in adults and adolescents with cystic fibrosis. Approximately one-third of people with CF aged 16 and over are being treated for CFRD in the UK compared to 11% of children aged 10–15 years (UK CF registry data).

CFRD is different from type 1 and type 2 diabetes, but has features of both. If untreated, high blood glucose levels can cause complications such as weight loss, recurrent chest infections, reduced lung function, kidney damage, and problems with eyesight. Early detection and treatment has been shown to have very positive effects on lung function, as well as preventing complications. We screen for CFRD at annual review as well as targeting testing when we suspect it may be a problem.

Please see link to CF Trust factsheet on CFRD for more detailed information and talk to your team if you have any questions.

We work jointly with our Specialist Diabetes colleagues both in adult and Paediatrics to tailor care to your needs so we can look after both your CF and your Diabetes.