Anorexics at risk of osteoporosis


The consequences of anorexia and other eating disorders. If you need motivation to get help with how you're feeling and with what you are or aren't eating, bear in mind the consequences of an eating disorder.

One of the most debilitating consequences of a long-term eating disorder, in particular anorexia, is osteoporosis.

This usually affects older women who are post-menopausal but women in their 20s can also be afflicted by the disease, which leads to bone thinning, if they are anorexics.

That's because your periods stop if your body weight falls below a certain level. This can occur if someone has an eating disorder or follows an athletic career.

Premenopausal osteoporosis can then develop as the person is obviously not eating enough to build their bone density, which occurs when you're between 11 and 14-years-old.

In your 20s, you consolidate and strengthen your bones but if you have suffered from an eating disorder through your teens and your periods have stopped, this won't happen.

Adnan Qalbanim, a board certified radiologist, told the Sioux City Journal: "Before menopause when women lose their bone mineral density it can be potentially debilitating if they get fractures during prime years.

"That's why premenopausal osteoporosis is important."

The condition can lead to fractures of the wrists, hips, shoulders, pelvises and spine with these being the most common.

Not only are these painful, they are debilitating and will restrict your movement.

According to the NHS, osteoporosis cannot be cured outright but fractures can be treated and prevented through medication to strengthen your bones.

Treatment of fractures include warm baths or cold packs, TENS electrical techniques, which reduce pain by stimulating the nerves, and relaxation techniques.

Fractures can also be prevented through healthy eating, regular exercise and quitting smoking as well as reducing alcohol intake.

However, the best way to avoid premenopausal osteoporosis, which will afflict you for your entire life, is to seek help with your eating disorder from professionals.


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