Bulimia Nervosa

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Bulimia nervosa, is an eating disorder which involves bingeing on food then vomiting, also know as purging, this cycle can lead to many different health issues, among them kidney disease, heart disease, osteoporosis and even death. As the most common of all eating disorders Bulimia typically affects women and teens. However, the last decade has seen and alarming number of young men also suffering with this deadly disease.

Warning signs, Symptoms, Treatment

Most people have been through it: using food to deal with feelings of boredom, stress, anxiety and even loneliness However with bulimia, overindulging is definitely more like a compulsion and therefore very difficult to actually counter on your own. And rather than eating properly in order to make up for it, you punish yourself by making yourself sick, going on a fast, or even working out to eliminate the excess calories. This vicious circle of binging and purging will take a devastating toll on your body and also your emotional well-being. Nevertheless the cycle can be broken. Therapy may help you establish a much healthier relationship with food as well as rise above feelings of anxiety, guilt, and shame.

Symptoms

Some individuals with bulimia will experience:

  • Bingeing on a regular basis. They eat large amounts of food in a short period of time, often over a couple of hours or less. During a binge, they feel out of control and feel unable to stop eating.
  • Frequent purging to get rid of the food and avoid weight gain. They may make themselves vomit, exercise very hard or for a long time, or misuse laxatives, enemas, water pills (diuretics), or other medicines.
  • Base how they feel about themselves on how much they weigh and how they look.

Any one of these can be a sign of an eating disorder that needs immediate treatment by an experienced professional.

Bulimia is different from anorexia nervosa, another eating disorder. People who have anorexia eat so little that they become extremely thin. People who have bulimia may not be thin. They may be a normal size. They may binge in secret and deny that they are purging. This makes it hard for others to know that a person with bulimia has a serious problem.

If you are concerned about someone, look for the following signs. A person may have bulimia if they:

  • Goes to the bathroom right after meals.
  • Is secretive about eating, hides food, or will not eat around other people.
  • Exercises a lot, even when she does not feel well.
  • Often talks about dieting, weight, and body shape.
  • Uses laxatives or diuretics often.
  • Has teeth marks or calluses on the back of her hands or swollen cheeks or jaws. These are caused by making herself vomit.

Treatment

Bulimia can be treated with psychological counseling and sometimes medicines, such as antidepressants. The sooner treatment is started, the better. Getting treatment early can make recovery easier and prevent serious health problems.

By working with a counselor, a person with bulimia can learn to feel better about herself. She can learn to eat normally again and stop purging.

Other mental health problems such as depression often happen with bulimia. If a person has another condition along with bulimia, more treatment may be needed, and it may take longer to get better.

Eating disorders can take a long time to overcome. And it is common to fall back into unhealthy ways of eating. If you are having problems, don’t try to handle them on your own. Get help, you aren’t alone.

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Laryngitis

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So what is laryngitis?

Laryngitis is an inflammation of the voice box, or larynx, that causes your voice to become raspy or hoarse, you know when you start sounding like Harvey Fierstein

Laryngitis can be short-term or long-lasting (chronic). Usually though, it shows up out of the blue and doesn’t last more than a couple of weeks. If it does last longer than 2 weeks you do need to see your doctor.

Laryngitis may be caused:

  •  Colds or flu. This is the most common cause.
  • Acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This type of laryngitis is also called reflux laryngitis.
  • Overuse of your voice, such as cheering at a sports event.

     

  • Irritation, such as from allergies or smoke. (obligatory statement about smoking be very bad for your health- so stop).

Surprisingly the most common cause of chronic laryngitis is Acid reflux.

Symptoms can include, hoarseness your voice may sound raspy, deeper than normal, or may even break now and then. You may even lose your voice completely. Some other symptoms can include a dry or sore throat, coughing, and trouble swallowing.

In most cases you can treat laryngitis at home. Rest your voice, use a humidifier or vaporizer, and as with many things drink plenty of fluids. Don’t smoke, and stay away from second hand smoke.

 And a little tea with honey and ginger never hurts.

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EXERCISES THAT WORSEN TINNITUS

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If you happen to or perhaps someone you know suffers from tinnitus aka ringing or buzzing in the ears, you understand how annoying it really is. Maybe you have trouble focusing, sleeping, suffer from depression,feel really stressed out or even anxious. Even though regular physical exercise can certainly minimize the symptoms of tinnitus, there are actually certain physical exercises to stay away from.

Signs and symptoms
Tinnitus sufferers usually report hearing noises when there really isn’t any kind of external sound. Some of the aggravating symptoms of tinnitus include things like ringing, whistling, buzzing, clicking, hissing or even a roaring sound in one or both ears. The particular sounds can vary in volume and may also appear and disappear. You might find that it’s challenging to live an ordinary lifestyle having tinnitus. Your work, social interaction, as well as family life, may and probably does suffer. Tinnitus can lead to isolation, since you may feel as if no one really understands what you really are dealing with.

Causes and Triggers
Tinnitus is often a symptom of some sort of underlying issue, not necessarily an individual issue. Tinnitus has a wide variety of causes, such as being exposed to high decibel noises, age-related the loss of hearing, neck and head traumas, circulation system conditions, earwax impactions as well as emotional stress and depressive disorders, to mention a few. Whatever the cause, tinnitus patients tend to be tormented by the question, “Will this ever go away completely?”

Read on to find out more.

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Bringing Down Your Blood Pressure

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The good news about high blood pressure: You can usually get it under control.

In fact, with some lifestyle changes, you could be rid of it altogether. The very bad news: if it stays high, it can be life-threatening. The other bit of bad news is that you may have absolutely no idea you have it. Because until it becomes life-threatening, there are usually no symptoms at all.

 So, if you haven’t had your blood pressure checked in the past year, that’s your first order of health business.

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 Bringing Down Your Blood Pressure

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