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How can eating disorders lead to sodium metabolism disorders?

Eating disorders can lead to fluid and electrolyte imbalances in the body, which can lead to sodium metabolism disorders. Both anorexia and bulimia can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. Malnutrition from either disorder can prevent the body from receiving the nutrients it needs (including sodium), and this can lead to sodium concentrations becoming imbalanced. Vomiting and laxative use, in the case of bulimia, can also disrupt the fluid and electrolyte balance of the body. Treatment for sodium metabolism disorders caused by eating disorders will depend upon the severity of the sodium imbalance and upon addressing the eating disorder itself to restore proper nutrition.

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