Category: Medical Conditions

How Eating Disorders Can Damage the Heart

Heart Conditions Contributor: Staff at McCallum Place There’s an old saying that advises people to listen to their heart, and that adage couldn’t be more relevant for people who have eating disorders. These devastating conditions can wreak havoc on the body, and one part that truly feels that impact is the heart. Years of research links eating disorders [...]
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Can Anorexia Cause Anemia?

Anemia Diagnoses Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by extreme restriction of nutritional intake. No bodily system can function as intended without the vitamins and nutrients that proper food and hydration provide. As such, the impact restriction has on the physical body, and the long-term consequences if left untreated, are severe. Anorexia and the Cardiovascular System [...]
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Loss of Taste & Smell Due to COVID-19 Complicates Eating Disorder Recovery

Loss of Smell Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center For many people, one of the most noticeable lingering effects of being infected with COVID-19 has been a loss of smell or taste. One study found that 69% of people had changes in their sense of taste or smell immediately after a coronavirus infection. About 14% still hadn’t [...]
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Can Anorexia Cause Bradycardia?

Someone is diagnosed with bradycardia when they have an abnormally low heart rate. This signals that the heart isn’t functioning as it should—which can be life threatening. There are different reasons why someone can develop this condition. Eating disorders, especially anorexia nervosa, is one reason why someone may develop this heart condition. [1] What is [...]
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What is the Most Serious Health Risk from Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia Nervousa Anorexia nervosa is one of the deadliest mental illnesses. This is because of the impact it can have on the body. There’s a wide range of physical consequences that can come from severe food restriction, but some are more serious than others. This post will go over these risks. But first, we’ll go over what [...]
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Issues from Eating Disorders and Weight Loss Surgery

Coffee, tea and journal Eating disorders and weight loss surgery often go hand-in-hand. Sometimes people with eating disorders will undergo weight loss surgery. However, other times people who have had the surgery will develop disordered eating behaviors in order to cope with physical complications. This post will examine the relationship between eating disorders and bariatric surgery. What is Bariatric [...]
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The Link Between Diabetes and Eating Disorders

Contributor: Staff at Carolina House While the exact reason for the connection isn’t entirely known, studies have shown clear links between diabetes and eating disorders. Research suggests that eating disorders among women are more common in those who have diabetes. Those who have Type 1 diabetes are twice as likely to suffer from disordered eating, and [...]
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Eating Disorders and Co-Occurring Diabetes Treated with ACT

Woman in straw hat Type 1 (T1) diabetes is a medical condition that affects someone’s endocrine system [1]. Diabetes causes someone’s immune system to attack some of the cells in someone’s pancreas. This then impacts their ability to produce insulin [1]. If diabetes is left untreated, it can be deadly [1]. To keep themselves alive and healthy, people with [...]
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Diabetes & Eating Disorders in Youth

Woman using Social Media Research shows that individuals (especially young women) with type 1 diabetes (T1D) are at an increased risk of developing eating disorders (ED) and disordered eating behaviors (DEB) [1]. Unfortunately, co-occurring diabetes and eating disorders in youth can create severe and sometimes irreversible health complications. The Connection Between Diabetes and Eating Disorders in Youth In a [...]
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