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Short Term Effects Of Bulimia
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
Probably: Because that is a metabolic disease that severely affects cellular energy metabolism. ...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
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
Electrolytes: If you are vomiting often, you may develop deficiencies in electrolytes which could affect your heart rhythm (at worst) and your general health (best case if this is all). Working with a physician who can monitor these and replete if necessary is important. On a broader scope though, it is a serious eating disorder that is very treatable and your overall quality of life can improve greatly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
An Eating Disorder: Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder in which one has a distorted body image often suffering from binge eating (eating very large amounts of food in a short time), purging (self-induced vomiting), laxative or diuretic abuse and excessive exercise. One can develop gum infections, cavities, swollen parotid glands, and electrolyte imbalances. This condition requires professional treatment. ...Read more
Of all the related conditions, is bulimia one of the better or worse ones to have, in terms of effects on health and well-being?
It's not a contest: These are serious conditions. Having any of them is not healthy. Every individual is different, so the impact of a given disease varies from individual to individual. Concentrate on getting yourself better without comparing to others who may be "worse off, or better off.". ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Side effects: A short list would be rupture of the esphagus from induced vomitting, low potassium from vomiting and weakening of the tooth enamel from the stomach acid.There are more, the most serious is death. Psychological risks are a worsening of the condition and not treating co-morbid depression and anxiety. A more complete list requires professional consultation. ...Read more
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