3 Dire Effects of Bulimia Nervosa

October 9, 2017   /   byHealthier Societies  / Categories :  Health
Woman with bulimia nervosa disorder

Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder wherein the affected individual continues to eat or binge eat and then end up purging or vomiting it all out. It is one of the three major eating disorders along with anorexia nervosa and binge eating disorder.

Based on statistics, about 1.5% (4.7 million) of women and about 0.5% (1.5 million) of men in the U.S. are affected by this type of eating disorder. Here are some of the ill effects of Bulimia Nervosa, both long-term and short-term, so you can better help someone who is in dire need of an eating disorder treatment center.

Teeth and Mouth Problems

The acid in the stomach goes up the mouth when people purge or vomit after they binge eat. This can lead to the breaking down of tooth enamel and eventually, dental treatments that are otherwise avoidable. The side effects of Bulimia Nervosa through the acidic stomach contents going up when vomiting can also lead to the development of hoarse voice and sore throats.

Extreme Fatigue, Heart Failure, Weak Heart Muscles

When Bulimia Nervosa patients consistently purge, they can suffer from extreme dehydration, which can lead to extreme fatigue. This can cause a strain on the patient’s heart and eventually lead to arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), weakened heart muscles, or worse — a heart failure. The eating disorder can also result in anemia and low blood pressure.

Hormonal Imbalance

Vomiting can lead to nutritional deficiencies, which can lead to hormonal imbalance. This can affect not only your sex drive, but can also disrupt the menstrual cycle (for women), which can lead to your ovaries not to produce any more eggs. Alarmingly, pregnant women who suffer from this type of eating disorder can also suffer from pregnancy diabetes, miscarriage, high blood pressure, low birth weight in babies, and premature birth.

The first step towards getting better is to get a diagnosis for the eating disorder. So if a family member or a friend is showing some signs of Bulimia Nervosa, don’t hesitate to look for help before it’s too late.

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