September 18, 2014

Study links eating disorders, autoimmune disease

A study has concluded that many autoimmune diseases are implicated in the development of eating disorders.

The study of about 2,000 patients conducted in Helsinki, Finland, looked at those suffering from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorders. It showed that they are at a significantly higher risk for diagnoses of autoimmune disease.

The study’s results were published in PLoS One. Researchers discovered that about 9 percent of patients suffering from eating disorders were diagnosed with one or more autoimmune diseases, but the approximate number of controlled patients decreased to 5.4 percent.

These findings suggested that endocrinologic and gastroenterologic diseases, such as type 1 diabetes and Crohn’s disease, were much more likely to occur in eating disordered patients.

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