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PA-IPF Registry home  

The Daniel and Joan Beren
Pennsylvania Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
State Registry

A project of the University of Pittsburgh, University of Pennsylvania, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Temple University, Geisinger Medical System

PA-IPF Hotline  1-866-922-4IPF (4473)


Risk factors for IPF
Diagnostic test for IPF
I've been diagnosed with IPF, now what?
What if I need oxygen?
Exercise and IPF
Find a support group
How will IPF affect my diet?
I'm afraid of death, what can I do?
Will my children get IPF?

How will IPF affect my diet?

Your doctor will evaluate your diet and make recommendations according to your overall condition.

For instance, if you are overweight, your diet may be changed dramatically. If, however, you are in the very early stages of IPF (and otherwise healthy), there may be little modification to your diet.

One patient, while not overweight, found that the large meals he was accustomed to eating would put too much pressure on his diaphragm, causing shortness of breath and overall discomfort. "I had to eat lots of small meals. If I ate too much, I had trouble breathing. I ate whatever I wanted, just in smaller portions," he says.

Another patient found herself gaining weight as a side effect of prednisone (corticosteroid) treatment. She modified her diet in order to counteract that effect.