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What medical complications are associated with bulimia nervosa?

Bulimia nervosa can cause serious, even life-threatening, medical complications. Dehydration, heart problems (such as an irregular heart rate), electrolyte imbalance and abnormal periods in females are common in all eating disorders. Bulimia can also cause tooth decay or gum disease due to frequent vomiting. It may also cause digestive problems or dependence on laxatives for bowel movements. While bulimia does not necessarily cause other psychiatric issues, such as depression and substance abuse, it is important to remember there is a strong association between eating disorders and other psychiatric issues.

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