According to a study in the Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, CF adults have poorer diet quality and increased accumulation of visceral adipose tissue compared with healthy individuals. Visceral adipose tissue is associated with higher sugar intake and fasting glucose levels, reports.

Researchers analyzed the diet quality and body fat distribution in CF patients, compared with healthy individuals.

Researchers found that adults with CF had significantly lower Healthy Eating Index 2015 (HEI-2015) scores compared with healthy controls, which reflected an overall worse diet with higher intake of added sugar, trans-fatty acids, and refined grains, and lower consumption of total fiber and whole grains.

CF patients had a higher median total energy intake (2,673 kcal/day) compared with healthy subjects (1,914 kcal/day).