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 Bulimia

I've read a buncha stuff about the physiological effects of being bulimic.
Including the loss of Ca2+ and K+ ions, and strain on the heart.  How do
either of these come about?  (chest pains after puking is probably
indicative of this, right?)

*dawn!*



Sat, 07 Sep 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Bulimia

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>I've read a buncha stuff about the physiological effects of being bulimic.
>Including the loss of Ca2+ and K+ ions, and strain on the heart.  How do
>either of these come about?

Losing vital nutrients by purging is how. And, when you don't have the proper
nutrients in your body, over a period of time you start to lose protein stores
and your albumin level drops. This affects the muscles, including the heart.
That is why when I see a young girl (say early 20's) with cardiomyopathy, I
suspect anorexia/bulemia as a cause.

Dee RN



Sun, 08 Sep 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 
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