Eating healthily and diet for Avascular Necrosis
Healthy diet for Avascular Necrosis

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 with Avascular Necrosis AVN

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 portion size on your plate is probably the first thing to do. I,f you find that hard then try using a smaller sized plate. There are many diets available, and remember to control the between-meal snacking on biscuits, cake etc.

Exercise for Avascular Necrosis AVN

Regular exercise is an important part of weight loss and control, so make sure you incorporate that into your daily routine. However the pain and discomfort from Avascular Necrosis 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. Don’t be ashamed of using a stick or crutches to help you when out in public.


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. Some medication advises not to drink alcohol, there are many alternatives such as elderflower or other fruit drinks but again you must watch the sugar content.

A very common risk factor for developing Avascular Necrosis AVN is excessive use of alcohol. The greater the consumption of alcohol, the higher the risk of developing AVN. The exact mechanism of how alcohol (or steroids) causes AVN is not absolutely understood, but it is believed that excessive fatty substances are produced and build up in the very small blood vessels of the bone. Blockage then occurs which decreases blood flow to the joints, resulting in bone death, etc.

Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

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


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