Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Hits Just Keep Coming

Today I got out of the hospital again, another 6 days in for a complication from poor Diabetes control. Thanks again Edith! She just keeps on giving and giving.

I know that people going through the beginning stages of an eating disorder are not thinking about the future. They are not thinking about the complications that can arise.

Did you know that of course it causes malnutrition, but that because of that it can also cause:

  • Death
  • Heart disease
  • Depression, suicidal thoughts or behavior
  • Absence of menstruation (amenorrhea) leading to fertility issues
  • Bone loss, I personally lost 3 inches in height that I will never regain.
  • Stunted growth, for those that have not completed the growing process
  • Seizures
  • Digestive problems
  • Bowel irregularities
  • Kidney damage
  • Severe tooth decay
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Gallbladder disease
These are all things to consider, and to think about no matter what stage of an eating disorder you are in. If you are considering ways to take control of your life, or to make some extreme decision to lose weight, please think about these life changing consequences of that decision.

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