hi dereck welcome to TIMS! i can help with anything nutritional. just had a quick search to see if the CF 'usual suspects' match the MS ones, and found this so far:
Cystic fibrosis and malnutrition http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/ar ... 7679805041
Cystic fibrosis as a specific disease entity has been known to be associated with malnutrition for almost half a century. The importance of the malnutrition in the disease process remains unknown, as does much information about specific nutritional deficiencies in CF. Supplements for children with CF should include extra energy as fat or carbohydrate, a form of linoleic acid that can be absorbed, hydrolyzed protein, fat-soluble vitamins with vitamins A and E in a water emulsion, vitamin B12, probably B vitamins and vitamin C, and trace minerals. Routine measurements of nutritional status, particularly in children with growth failure, should be made at regular intervals and should include a three-day diet record and a simultaneous 72-hour stool fat determination. If fat malabsorption is not controlled by pancreatic enzymes, the use of antacids or cimetidine should be considered. The true role of nutrition in patients with CF will not be known until the appropriate studies are completed.
Zinc status and vitamin A transport in cystic fibrosishttp://www.ajcn.org/content/31/4/638.full.pdf
Plasma zinc, ug/dL 72.1 ± 12.9 78.6 ± 17.7
i have to convert that patients average over, and it gives us... 11.03 which is deficient according to the 'normal' range 11.5-18.5 umol/L.
whereas the controls conversion gives us 78.6 which is 12.0 umol/L, or borderline. healthy controls sit up at the very top of the 'normal' range.
found another couple of studies suggesting zinc supplementation did not correct any problems, so i'll have to sit down with it for a bit to figure out the interconnections and see if i can argue their conclusions of figure out what could be going on. for now, have to go get some things done!