Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes is a unique form of diabetes that can affect people who have cystic fibrosis. It shares some properties of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, yet also has some differences. Specialists within the Kovler Diabetes Center have expertise in addressing this specific type of diabetes. Dr. Suma Dronavalli, for example, works with many adults who have cystic fibrosis as well as diabetes. Additionally, Dr. Edward T. Nauseckas, a specialist in pulmonary and critical care medicine, provides consultation for patients who develop diabetes associated with cystic fibrosis.
Diabetes is extremely common in people with cystic fibrosis, especially as they get older. Among adults with CF, an estimated 75% have some level of glucose intolerance, and 15% have developed cystic fibrosis-related diabetes.