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What foods should I avoid to heal after a bone fracture?

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Some things can slow your bone from healing after a fracture. They include:

  • Alcohol: Alcohol can keep you from building new bones fast. Also, too much alcohol can also make you unsteady on your feet and more likely to fall.
  • Salt: High sodium diets make you lose more calcium in your pee. You need calcium to build strong bones.
  • Coffee: More than 4 cups of strong coffee a day can slow bone healing a little. It might make you pee more, and that could mean you pee out more calcium your body needs for bone health.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Nonunions."

American Society of Orthopedic Professionals: "Essential Nutrients to Aid Fracture Repair."

Dairy Council of California: "Eating to Heal a Broken Bone."

New York State Osteoporosis Prevention Program: "Spine Fractures."

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: "Vitamin D."

National Osteoporosis Society UK: "Minerals and bone health."

Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism , May 2017.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on May 23, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Nonunions."

American Society of Orthopedic Professionals: "Essential Nutrients to Aid Fracture Repair."

Dairy Council of California: "Eating to Heal a Broken Bone."

New York State Osteoporosis Prevention Program: "Spine Fractures."

National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: "Vitamin D."

National Osteoporosis Society UK: "Minerals and bone health."

Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism , May 2017.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on May 23, 2018

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