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How Long Can Bulimia Go Until Death
No specifc time: The problems associated with bulimia are dependent on the type of bulimia, its effect on the body's metabolism and general health of the sufferer. People due die from severe metabolic changes their body endure due to bulimia. Others have medical problems but do not die. They suffer from a very difficult chronic eating disorder. The most important advice is to obtain treatment. ...Read more
Surprisingly High: According to the national association of anorexia nervosa and associated eating disorders, eating disorders have the highest mortality rates of any mental disorder. The mortality rates vary considerably between studies and groups. A study published in the "american journal of psychiatry" (2009) gives the mortality rates: 4% for anorexia, 3.9% for bulimia and 5.2% for other eating disorders. ...Read more
How far am i from death? I've been bulimic for four years. My bulimia is very severe, very painful gastroenteritis. And very low blood pressure:91/48.
It depends: A person with bulimia nervosa could die suddenly at anytime due to several things. One could be a tear between the esophagus and the stomach causing something called a mallory-weiss tear and they could quickly bleed to death. Another likely cause of sudden death could be from heart failure caused by an imbalance in what are known as electrolytes. There's a 25% mortality rate for untreated bulimia. ...Read more
Depends: It is important in the short-term to seek help via your primary physician and a psychiatrist or therapist experienced with eating disorders. Some basic laboratories and often an upper GI scope "EGD" are reasonable options depending on the severity / frequency / duration of any purging. Please do not hesitate to share your struggles with you doctor. You are not alone and treatment is available. ...Read more
Many health effects: Bulimia impacts health in many ways, including electrolyte imbalance which can lead to cardiac arrhythmias and death, esophageal inflammation ; tears, swollen salivary glands, tooth decay, hormonal disruption, and more. Depression often accompanies this condition. The good news: it can be treated. For a more inclusive run-down: http://tinyurl.Com/mm5s4m5 and http://tinyurl.Com/34sc4p. ...Read more
Varies: That depends on the frequency/severity. BN can cause electrolyte imbalances that may lead to heart failure, as well as esophageal and gastric ruptures, all of which may be fatal. Other medical complications for bulimia include bone loss, osteoporosis, dehydration, kidney disease, anemia and low white cell counts, which lowers the immune system and creates vulnerability to disease and infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many: Short term- weight loss, tooth enamel erosion from stomach acid, esophageal ulcers, nuitritional and electrolyte imbalances and skipped periods. Long term- no menses, cardiac irregular heartbeats that could result in cardiac arrest and death and, kidney failure from severe dehydration. ...Read more
It depends: That is the right answer. For different reasons (your body tolerance, coexisting personal/familial tendencies and characteristics etc) your esophagus may break the first episode, or no damage (almost) at all after years. Also, the magnitude of the episodes count into the equation. It depends of all this and other factors. ...Read more
What causes episodes of gastroparesis when you have Bulimia? And how long does it take to stop happening after you recover?
Medical supervision : Please see your doctor, such symptoms may need medical supervision to avoid complications. ...Read more
It depends: If you are bingeing and purging, yet feeling full, it usually takes 48 hours, but can vary depending on how quickly food moves through your GI track. If you have abused laxatives, it can vary from 24 hours to 4 or more days. ...Read more
YES: Every major organ system can be affected. ...Read more
Malnutrition: Both of these disorders are known to cause malnutrition, which can be life threatenting. There are other health consequences as well, but they depend on individual circumstances. ...Read more
How long does it take to become bulimia? If someone tells a 14 year old that she is fat one time, can she turn into a bulimia at that second and go throw up and could the child loose 5 lbs because she thrown up?How long does it take to become bulimia can
Bulimia : Bulimia is part of a spectrum of eating disorders. Unlike anorexia, in which the person does not eat an adequate amount of food, bulimic patients eat more normally but then force themselves to vomit to avoid absorbing the calories. Some people also abuse laxatives in an attempt to make the nutrients "pass through" their system to avoid absorbing the calories. In all cases, the end result is malnutrition, which can be extremely damaging. A bulimic patient will also damage his or her esophagus and teeth (because of acids from the stomach) and can get lung infections from getting vomit into the airways. No one becomes bulimic as the result of a single comment, though one comment might push a person toward an eating disorder if the tendency was already there or if other factors were also causing emotional distress. This is not an isolated issue, but one simply one part of a person's overall environment and condition. Furthermore, one does not treat bulimia simply by saying, "don't do that anymore." instead, it takes counseling that addresses the patient's overall health and outlook, as well as his or her social environment. Bulima and anorexia are not safe or effective ways to control weight. And, no, throwing up one time (or a dozen times) will not reduce a person's weight by 5 pounds. Weight loss requires a healthy diet and a healthy amount of exercise. This girl should see her doctor and discuss with him or her a healthy program of weight loss. She should also let him know if she is thinking about or has used vomiting as a form of weight loss. It's not something to be ashamed of, and if the doctor knows about it, he or she can establish an overall treatment plan that is safer, more effective, and which better encompasses the psychosocial issues the child is facing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on frequency: When you vomit, the contents of your stomach including digestive acids contact the back of your teeth. These acids literally dissolve your tooth structure. So in reality, the process starts each and every time you vomit. Please go see your physician and or psychiatrist for help. There are many ways to help you, but you need to realize that you have a significant problem and want to help yourself! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the long-term effects of bulimia and even if you brush your teeth right after vomiting, will they still rot?
Bulimia and teeth: Stomach contents are very acidic and caustic to your teeth. The effect is time dependent. In other words, the longer the acids are in contact with your teeth, the more tooth destruction. However, it is not advisable to brush right after. The tooth bristles along with the acids, erode away the teeth. Rinse immediately and then brush 20-30 minutes later. Also discuss this issue with a dds and md. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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