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Eating Disorders Effects

Possible Eating Disorders Effects are listed below. All should be taken very seriously. Click on each complication for more information.

Amenorrhea
Not having periods when you used to have periods is known as secondary amenorrhea. When it lasts six months or longer, it is also known as Hypothalamic amenorrhea (HA)...
Anemia
An estimated one-third of anorexic patients have mild anemia (low red blood cell count). Anemia makes the oxygen transporting units within the blood useless and can lead to fatigue...
Arrhythmia
As the body is starved, the muscles are starved. The heart is a muscle, and consequently can begin to deteriorate, and heart failure becomes a very real risk...
Atrophy
Atrophy is a wasting away of muscle and decrease in muscle mass due to the body feeding off of itself. Muscle atrophy results when the muscles waste away because there are a lack of adequate nutrients...
Low White Blood Cell Count
Eating disorders can affect a patient’s blood. Leukopenia (low white blood cell count) occurs in up to 50 percent of anorexic patients...
Cardiovascular Risk
Heart disease is the most common medical cause of death in people with severe anorexia. In long-term, severe anorexia, heart disease is very likely to occur...
Cathartic Colon
A possible complication of bulimia is cathartic colon. In fact, severe constipation or a cathartic colon is one of the clues physicians may have in diagnosing bulimia...
Digestion Health
Eating disorders affect digestion health in a number of ways. A deficiency in digestive enzymes will lead to the bodies inability to properly digest food...
Head Dizziness
A common side effect of eating disorders is head dizziness. Head dizziness can be described as faintness or lightheadedness...
Edema
One of the side effects of eating disorders can be edema. Swelling of the soft tissues as a result of excess water accumulation in the spaces between the cells...
Electrolyte imbalance
Electrolyte are essential to the production of the body's "natural electricity" that ensures healthy teeth, joints and bones, nerve and muscle impulses...
Emaciation
Anorexia nervosa is a psychological eating disorder marked by profound food aversion and fear of becoming overweight that leads to emaciation, or becoming very thin, and frail...
Esophagitis
Esophagitis is an inflammation of the lining of the esophagus, the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach...
Estrogen Levels
Low body weight in females causes the body to stop producing estrogen, resulting in a condition known as amenorrhea, or absent menstrual periods...
Tooth Enamel Erosion
The presence of gastric acid in your mouth from regular vomiting may cause damage to your teeth and gums, most commonly teeth enamel erosion...
Forgetfulness
Besides having impaired memory, people struggling with eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia are more likely to have other mental and emotional issues...
Glandular Problems
People with eating disorders frequently have glandular problems. A gland is an organ in an animal's body that synthesizes a substance for release such as hormones...
Heart Attack
Eating disorders commonly raise the risk for having a heart attack. Anorexia and bulimia both create huge imbalances in the electrolytic balance...
Hypoglycemia
In people with eating disorders, hypoglycemia is common. Hypoglycemia is a condition characterized by an abnormally low level of blood sugar...
Hypometabolic State
Anorexia nervosa often results in a starvation induced hypometabolic state where the body shifts to conserve resources...
Hypothermia
Hypothermia results when the fat cells, which are the body's natural insulation, become non-existent and the victim starts feeling cold all the time...
Impulse Control Disorder
People who have eating disorders may also have an impulse control disorder. An Impulse Control Disorder is defined by many psychologists as the failure...
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome is characterized by a group of symptoms in which abdominal pain or discomfort is associated with a change in bowel pattern...
Judgment
Eating disorders can frequently impact one’s judgment. Electrolyte imbalances can cause the neurotransmitters of the brain to be altered...
Musculoskeletal Problems
Musculoskeletal problems are very common in individuals with an eating disorder. As a general rule, individuals with severe anorexia nervosa have poor muscle strength...
Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become less dense and more likely to fracture. About half of young female patients with anorexia nervosa have osteoporosis...
Osteomalacia
Bones need calcium and phosphorus to remain healthy and strong, but the body also needs vitamin D to be able to absorb these two minerals...
Parotid Gland Enlargement
The salivary glands make saliva and release it into the mouth. There are three pairs of relatively large, major salivary glands, including the parotid glands...
Pituitary Gland Problems
Eating disorders can negatively impact all systems of the body. Pituitary Gland problems are frequently associated with eating disorders...
Low Potassium
Potassium is an electrolyte that is critical to the function of nerve and muscles cells, including those in your heart. Low potassium (hypokalemia) has many causes. ..
Renal Problems
Renal problems, or kidney damage, is a potentially serious, even life-threatening concern for people with eating disorders...
Salivary Glands
In people with bulimia, repeated vomiting may sometimes causes the salivary glands to swell...
Seizures
The increased risk of seizures in people with anorexia and bulimia may be caused by dehydration...
Thyroid Problems
Thyroid problems are common in people with eating disorders – especially in those with anorexia nervosa...
Vision Imparement
Occasionally, night vision will be impaired, because of poor nutrition and decreased amounts of vitamin A in the body...
Vitamin Deficiencies
Vitamins are a group of organic substances occurring naturally in animals and plants in small quantities an which are essential to the normal growth and functioning of the body...
Life Expectancy
Studies show that certain eating disorders can shorten life expectancy between 5 (bulimia) and 25 years (anorexia).

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