Academy Releases Practice Guideline: Nutritional Needs of People with Cystic Fibrosis

July 20, 2020

CHICAGO – The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has released a comprehensive guideline to help registered dietitian nutritionists address the needs of people with cystic fibrosis who are at risk of developing nutrition problems commonly associated with pulmonary disorders.

The "Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: 2020 Cystic Fibrosis Evidence Analysis Center Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guideline" was published in a recent issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This guideline is the first of its kind, addressing new medications and increased risk of obesity among some people with cystic fibrosis.

The Academy conducted an evidence-based review of current scientific literature and created a guideline with 28 nutrition recommendations for RDNs. They include medical nutrition therapy, nutrition screening and assessments and individualized meal planning to improve health and stem the progression of the disease.

"Historically, people with cystic fibrosis were prescribed a diet of high-fat, high-energy foods to help fulfill their body's increased nutrient needs and decreased nutrient absorption. This dietary pattern may contribute to negative nutritional outcomes, specifically malnourishment or obesity," said registered dietitian nutritionist Sonya Angelone, a national Spokesperson for the Academy.

"Within the last decade, new medications and therapies have improved treatments for patients with cystic fibrosis, extending their lives and improving their quality of life," Angelone said. "The Academy's nutrition practice guideline will provide RDNs with a roadmap for creating personalized nutritional plans to help those with cystic fibrosis live healthier lives."


About the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Representing more than 100,000 credentialed nutrition and dietetics practitioners, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy at

About the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
The official journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the premier source for the practice and science of food, nutrition, and dietetics. The monthly, peer-reviewed journal presents original articles prepared by scholars and practitioners and is the most widely read professional publication in the field. The Journal focuses on advancing professional knowledge across the range of research and practice issues such as: nutritional science, medical nutrition therapy, public health nutrition, food science and biotechnology, food service systems, leadership and management and dietetics education.