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A 31-year-old member asked:

Could cutting calories affect healing of a broken bone?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 36 years experience
Bone healing: Sure it can. Low calorie diets are fraught with lack of balance of nutrients, decreased protein, and most probably lower intakes of calcium which would be important for bone healing. If decreased activity is the result of your injury and you are concerned about gaining too much weight, then seek out a dietician or nutritionist that can offer you a dietary plan for you during this critical healing.
Dr. Mark Einbecker
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
Yes: If your calorie count is too low it will inhibit your body's ability to heal.
Last updated Apr 15, 2013


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