Findings of a 12-year study from Canada suggest a link between bulimia nervosa and the risk for any cardiovascular disease, as well as death, among women. Due to these associations, women with a history of the disorder should be screened regularly for ischemic cardiovascular disease, and they may benefit from treatment for and prevention of cardiovascular risk factors, according to researchers.
“Bulimia nervosa has a lifetime prevalence of 1.5% and is one of the most common psychiatric diseases in women,” Rasmi M. Tith, RD, MPH, of the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, and colleagues wrote in JAMA Psychiatry. “Despite a large body of evidence supporting a connection between mental health and later cardiovascular disease, little is known about the association of bulimia nervosa with long-term cardiovascular morbidity. Because cardiovascular disease is responsible for nearly a quarter of the deaths among women, understanding the contribution of bulimia nervosa may be critical to prevention and surveillance efforts.”
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.
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