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What are the complications of bulimia?

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When you binge eat and then vomit, you can damage your tooth enamel from the stomach acids. Bulimia also may lead to gum infections, swollen facial glands, cavities, and discolored teeth. Your throat may be sore and inflamed, too.

This eating disorder is hard on your digestive system, which can be upset by the condition, especially if you abuse laxatives. Bulimia also can go along with depression.

You can become dehydrated from vomiting or using laxatives. This can cause imbalances in certain minerals, called electrolytes, that can cause potentially deadly heart or kidney problems. Abnormal electrolyte levels, as well as drops in blood sugar levels, can also cause seizures.

From: What Are the Symptoms of Bulimia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “Eating Disorders: About More than Food.”

Halmi, K. . Yudofsky, , 4th edition, 2003.  Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia, and ObesityTextbook of Clinical Psychiatry

Brewerton, T. , Edition 1, Marcel Dekker, Inc, 2004. Clinical Handbook of Eating Disorders: An Integrated Approach

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on August 03, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “Eating Disorders: About More than Food.”

Halmi, K. . Yudofsky, , 4th edition, 2003.  Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia, and ObesityTextbook of Clinical Psychiatry

Brewerton, T. , Edition 1, Marcel Dekker, Inc, 2004. Clinical Handbook of Eating Disorders: An Integrated Approach

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on August 03, 2018

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