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What are short term and long term effects of bulimia?

What are short term and long 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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bulimia (Definition)

Apsychiatric disorder in which a person over eats a lot of food at one time (binging) and then vomits later to purge herself of ...Read more


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Is it possible that a short period of anorexia/bullimia have permanently stunt my growth?

Is it possible that a short period of anorexia/bullimia have permanently stunt my growth?

Probably: Because that is a metabolic disease that severely affects cellular energy metabolism. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of bulimia?

What are the long term effects of bulimia?

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

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What are the long-term effects of bulimia and even if you brush your teeth right after vomiting, will they still rot?

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 more

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What are most worrisome effects of bulimia?

What are most worrisome effects of bulimia?

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 more

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What are the long term health effects of bulimia?

What are the long term health effects of bulimia?

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

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What are the main effects and symptoms of bulimia?

What are the main effects and symptoms of bulimia?

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

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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?

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 more

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What are some of the side effects of bulimia?

What are some of the side effects of bulimia?

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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What are the effects of bulimia on the voice?

What are the effects of bulimia on the voice?

Laryngitis and more: If repeated vomiting is part of your bulemic spectrum, then exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid & pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation). Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, and even a higher risk of throat cancer. ...Read more

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What is the effects of bulimia on the person's voice?

What is the effects of bulimia on the person's voice?

Hoarseness: Stomach acid irritates the larynx (voice box) and can create chronic hoarseness and a very sore throat. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some bulimia side effects?

Could you tell me what are some bulimia side effects?

Purging type: Recurrent excessive eating followed misuse of laxatives, water pills, enemas or causing one to vomit. Side effects of vomiting include rotting teeth, enlarged salivary glands, inflammation of the esophagus, dehydration ; misuse of laxatives etc cause dehydration with low potassium, low magnesium, cardiac irregularities, loss of consciousness, pancreatitis, seizures, and death get help asap. ...Read more

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What physical effects of anorexia and bulimia are there?

What physical effects of anorexia and bulimia are there?

Serious/ complicated: Anorexia: loss of menstruation, hair loss, osteoporosis, slowing of the thyroid gland, slow heart rate, are all symtoms of the body trying to protect itself from starvation.
Bulemia: if it involves binging and purging; can erode the teeth, can cause loss of electrolytes tha are essential for the heart. Purging can cause a tear in the esophagus which could be life threatenning. Get help! ...Read more

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What side effects can develop from having bulimia (i'm not bulimic just wondering)?

See below: It can lead to chemical imbalances in the body as well as doing signficant damage to teeth. Bulimia can make your quite ill. ...Read more

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I suffered from Bulimia for 10years Could I have done severe damage? Cancer or Barretts? How can I reverse the effects and become healthier?

I suffered from Bulimia for 10years Could I have done severe damage? Cancer or Barretts? How can I reverse the effects and become healthier?

See below: If you do not have any symptoms related to swallowing or heartburn, you are unlikely to have lasting damage from your illness. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco or alcohol in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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What are the effects of bulimia in pregnancy?

What are the effects of bulimia in pregnancy?

Not good: Bulimia and pregnancy are a very bad combination. You amplify the risks to yourself due to changes in your body from the pregnancy. In addition, you risk damage to your developing fetus. You could actually die if you don't stop practicing the bulimic behaviors. Your fetus could die and you could have a miscarriage. Your fetus could suffer from lots of problems later on in life. Please seek help. ...Read more

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What are the effects of bulimia or mouth cancer on your teeth and gums?

What are the effects of bulimia or mouth cancer on your teeth and gums?

Ouch..: Bulimia causes severe erosion. You lose tooth structure from the large amount of acid exposure. This leads to sore teeth, loss of tooth structure and eventually the teeth break from lack of support. "mouth cancer" is to general to comment on. What type are we inquiring about? ...Read more

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What effects would anorexia or bulimia nervosa have on the long-term health of a woman?

What effects would anorexia or bulimia nervosa have on the long-term health of a woman?

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

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What are some of the detrimental physical & psychological side effects of bulimia nervosa?

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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Psych says I need meds to get stable before I am safe to do DBT. But side effects = weight gain. I have bulimia and I can’t cope with weight gain?

Psych says I need meds to get stable before I am safe to do DBT. But side effects = weight gain. I have bulimia and I can’t cope with weight gain?

Follow: Your Psychiatrist care plan and discuss your weight concerns. Eating healthy smaller portions and exercise will reduce the weight gain with psychotropics or selection of drugs with less weight gain or weight neutral ...Read more

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How often can you have to self-induce vomit to start seeing side effects of bulimia?

How often can you have to self-induce vomit to start seeing side effects of bulimia?

Not sure.: This undoubtedly varies across people and depends in part on extent of vomiting. It's a bit like asking how many cigarettes are too many. In both cases, the answer is, the sooner you seek help, the more likely you are to get over the problem and avoide later complications. Trying to limit yourself to one self-induced vomiting a week is definitely not the answer. ...Read more

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What is bulimia?

Eating Disorder: Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder involving periods of overeating followed by purging, sometimes through self-induced vomiting or using laxatives. ...Read more

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What is bulimia?

What is bulimia?

Bulimia: Bulimia is an illness which involves at least twice weekly consumption of large quantity of calories followed by compensatory behavior to "lose"/make up for those calories (purging/laxative/excessive exercise/restriction). As an eating disorder specialist, I believe it is primariy an anxiety disorder coped with by addictive body image/food behaviors initiated by feeling a lack of control in life. ...Read more

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What defines bulimia?

See below: Bulimia nervosa presents with uncontrolled bingeing followed by purging or other behaviors to compensate for food intake. The loss of electrolytes can cause death. ...Read more

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How common is bulimia?

How common is bulimia?

2.3%: A 2009 nimh study found the lifetime prevalence of bulimia nervosa was 2.3%, with 
a peak age of incidence between 16-20 years. ...Read more

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How to recover bulimia?

How to recover bulimia?

Psychodynamic: Bulimia is sometimes the result of a vicious internal struggle between self-indulgence and self-destructiveness. The cycle goes as follows: punitive self-denial, then feelings of deprivation and anger, followed by self-indulgence, then guilt and the need to self-punish, followed by punitive self-denial. A vicious cycle: denial, anger, indulgence, guilt. Psychotherapy can really help. ...Read more

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How is bulimia detectable?

Signs of behavior: I think you are asking for evidence/signs of purging behaviors in patients. The person is very concerned about weight. Because of forced vomiting could be acrid smelling breath and tooth enamel eroded/brown due to stomach acid; knuckle calluses or worn away finger nails from forced gagging. Lots of empty laxative containers, visits to the bathroom or disappearances after eating, weight shifts. ...Read more