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"I'm finding it shocking and surprising the number of new people joining the community. Let me explain. I was diagnosed with AVN first in both knees back in 2005, over the next few years it was found in both hips and shoulders. I had never come across AVN before and felt like I was the only person with it, I was always having to explain to people what it was."
"Thankfully I found this website and community over a year ago and realised I was not the only one suffering with AVN, it has been such a help talking to fellow sufferers who understand what I am going through."
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If you are suffering from avascular necrosis AVN Osteonecrosis ON, or are close to someone that is, please consider joining our AVN Charity UK community. You will find many shared experiences about AVN and how it affects each of us differently, importantly there are also excellent success stories about the road to "Pain Free".
We also welcome any health professionals who are involved in any way with Avascular Necrosis AVN, please let us know how you think you can help.

Healthy dietHealthy dietEating healthily

Eating a well-balanced, healthy diet is important when you have AVN. As well as providing you with all the nutrients you need, this will help you maintain a healthy weight.

In general, a healthy diet is one that is:

  • high in fruit and vegetables
  • high in starch and fibre
  • low in fatty foods and salt
  • low in added sugars

Managing your weight

Adopting a healthy diet can help you lose weight. Carrying extra weight adds extra pressure on weight bearing joints such as the back, hips, knees, ankles and feet. Losing even a few pounds can make a significant difference.

If you are trying to lose weight, vegetables should make up half of your plate; carbohydrates a quarter; and protein a quarter. Reducing the size of the portions on your plate will also help.

Exercise is an important part of weight loss and control, so make sure you incorporate that into your daily routine. However AVN will certainly be working against you here, so think about using exercises that are appropriate, for example a floor mounted pedal machine lets you sit in your normal chair and exercise at the same time.

All alcoholic drinks contain calories – something people often do not realise. Cutting down on alcohol will help you lose weight and will be good for you too. Alcohol can interact with AVN pain control  medication or make some side effects worse.


Most people should get the nutrients they need through their diet without taking supplements. If you do decide to take supplements, check with your doctor as some of these can interact with your prescribed medication.

Last Updated on Sunday, 09 November 2014 14:10