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I know all about bulimia health risks... I had bulimia for over 10 years. For 5 of those years it was severe.
Sometimes I was throwing up 15+ times a day.
It was exhausting... Really, it was hell.
But... I'm still alive to talk about it... Which brings me to the question...
Are bulimia health risks as bad as they're made out to be?
The truth is that the effects of bulimia are different for everyone...
Some people can go decades, suffering from bulimia every day... With very little side effects...
Other people, like me, can have severe bulimia and experience all types of bulimia side effects like rotting teeth, lanugo, slowed metabolism, mouth sores - and possibly the scariest of all, heart arrhythmia... A sign that my electrolyes were low... BUT, still manage to survive..
And then, there are people like Like Mellisa Booth... Mellisa was only 17 when her heart stopped beating due to an electrolyte imbalance. She had been bulimic for just 3 months.
Amy Leanne Gretner died at 15 years old also from an electrolyte imbalance.
Kristen Stephanie Watt died at the age of 14... She was a healthy weight but her electrolyte levels were dangerously imbalanced.
Electrolyte imbalances also stopped Andrea Smeltzer's heart from beating at the age of 19.
In 2003 the up and coming star Shelby Starner lost her life to bulimia...
And, Nicole Sima died at age 21 after having bulimia for 5 years.
We think we're doing okay because, on the outside, we look well...
Inside is often a very different story.
Having an electrolyte imbalance can cause a sudden heart attack... It is the silent killer in bulimia sufferers...
Please do all you can to avoid this deadly consequence of bulimia...
There are small and simple steps that you can take to avoid the most serious bulimia health risks...
Take these steps to make sure that you're around in the future to enjoy the bulimia-free life that is waiting for you :)
One of the easiest ways to make sure you improve your electrolyte levels is to drink an electrolyte rich smoothie every day... And, of course, try your very best to keep it down.
You could even drink it just before you hop into bed... So that you can digest it during the night without thinking about it...
Here's my video demo on how to make this yummy heart healthy smoothie!
Article by Shaye Boddington
Author of your-bulimia-recovery.com
and creator of The Bulimia Recovery Program and Community