When are very-low-calorie diets (VLCDs) contraindicated?

Updated: Jun 09, 2021
  • Author: Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Use special caution whenever VLCDs are prescribed to children, adolescents, or elderly patients. Use of VLCDs is contraindicated in the following settings:

  • Pregnancy

  • Protein-wasting states

  • Clinically significant cardiac, renal, hepatic, psychiatric, or cerebrovascular disease

  • Any other chronic disease

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