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Are liquid diets used for medical purposes?

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Doctors sometimes recommend liquid diets before certain medical procedures, or for people who are obese and need to get to a safer weight before having surgery, including weight loss surgery. Those liquid diets are medically supervised.

From: Liquid Diets WebMD Medical Reference

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Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, spokeswoman, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Flechtner-Mors, M. , August 2000. Obesity Research

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

Yamamoto, T. , December 2007. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on October 10, 2019

SOURCES:

Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, spokeswoman, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Flechtner-Mors, M. , August 2000. Obesity Research

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

Yamamoto, T. , December 2007. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on October 10, 2019

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