Bulimia Nervosa Associated With Cardiovascular Risk

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While bulimia nervosa might be a life-threatening condition by itself, it could be a signal of further health complications in life as well. Women with bulimia nervosa may be at risk of developing cardiovascular conditions, says a recent study.

The study set out to examine the association of bulimia nervosa with the long-term risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality in women. It concluded that the condition could be associated with the risk of several cardiovascular outcomes, including myocardial infarction, other ischemic heart diseases, atherosclerosis, and conduction disorders.

The risk of these heart-related conditions was highest in the first five years after the index bulimia-related hospitalization. It was observed to be lower after this duration.

a woman in a white tshirt holding both her hands at her heart

The findings of this research can help with the prevention of cardiovascular conditions amongst women dealing with bulimia nervosa by making them informed about the need for early screening for prevention and treatment.

Bulimia nervosa is a condition where the person affected tends to binge-eat, which is followed by compensatory behavior such as taking laxatives or making themselves throw up. It can affect all genders and can lead to other conditions such as bowel and kidney problems, dental health concerns, and muscle spasms.

The research is published in the JAMA Psychiatry journal. [1]

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Prachee is a content writer for Organic Facts and is responsible for writing on the latest wellness trends. A former Journalism & Media teacher, she prides herself on being able to seamlessly dabble between health, science, and technology. She has completed her Masters in Communication Studies from the University of Pune, India as well as an online course on “Introduction to Food and Health” from Stanford University, US. Prachee fancies herself to be a poet and a cook when the rare lightning of inspiration strikes.

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