Anorexia and Kidney Disease

Anorexia nervosa is a serious and potentially fatal eating disorder usually characterized by a severely reduced appetite and often a total aversion to food. In the mainstream media, it is most commonly associated with teenage girls and the celebrity quest for a “size zero” figure. However, it is a serious and life-threatening disorder that goes far beyond the realm of body image and extreme dieting. Important clues as to the underlying causes of this disorder may be found in its association with chronic kidney disease.

According to Peter Stenvinkel of the Division of Renal Medicine, Karolinska University Hospital at Huddinge, Sweden, anorexia is observed frequently in kidney dialysis patients. The condition worsens as kidney disease progresses leading to severe muscle wasting and malnutrition, with all its associated health problems. Scientists had suggested a link to defective central nervous system control of appetite, so Stenvinkel and his colleagues have done an analysis of various biomolecules, including natural inflammatory compounds and sex hormones. Their results suggest that inflammation is closely linked to the development of anorexia in kidney patients and is more common in men than women.

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7 thoughts on “Anorexia and Kidney Disease”

  1. Types Of Kidney Problems
    People with kidney problems are often totally unaware of them until a sudden symptom or blood test creates awareness. Kidney problems may occur at any age and fall into two main categories

    Acute – which is a current flair up and
    Chronic – which simply means long term.

    Acute Kidney Problems
    are generally referred to as ACUTE Pyelonephritis. This usually develops quickly and is mostly one sided. It is more common amongst women and may cause high temperature or fever, blood in the urine, nausea, diarrhoea and most notably one sided pain in the back or flank.

    Chronic Kidney Problems
    or Chronic Kidney Disease, is referred to as CKD. It generally affects mature adults and may progress for years without any obvious signs or symptoms. CKD is judged on the speed with which your kidneys can filter your blood.

  2. Ok what about the girls menstruation cycle? She ate but was restricting her diet. She has not had her period for about 3 years, will she get it back? She’s 5 foot 2 inches. The lowest she went to was 89 pounds, but now shes up to 112. Is there a way to speed up the process for it to come back?

  3. A girl was anorexic for around 3 years (she ate, but alittle), her doctor told her that her kidneys were starting to fail. She started to eat healthy. Will her kidneys return back to normail?

  4. An FDA advisory panel just recommended yesterday that the warning label for Covidien’s Optimark and GE’s Omnisca—drugs in the family of medications known as gadolinium-based contrast agents (DBCAs)—be updated to restrict their use in patients with severe kidney disease because of the potential for an increased risk of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF). NSF causes thickening of the skin and organs. GBCAs carry a strong “black box” warning.

  5. A terrifying condition and a constant worry to parents with teenage girls with poor appetites. My own daughter, who is tall and slim had us going a few times when she was young and would decide to get rid of what she called her ‘little winter pot’ prior to bikini season. She never was excessive about it, but still it gave us pause.

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