advertisement
09 January 2007

Bulimia tied to sex hormone

Some women with the binge eating disorder bulimia may have a sex hormone imbalance, says a study by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, BBC News reported.

0
Some women with the binge eating disorder bulimia may have a sex hormone imbalance, says a study by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, BBC News reported.

Bulimia is normally regarded as a mental condition that's treated with psychological therapies such as counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy. The findings of this study suggest that some women with bulimia may have too much of the male hormone testosterone.

In this study, half of the 21 bulimia patients treated for testosterone imbalance reported less hunger and reduced cravings for fatty, sugary foods, BBC News reported. Three of the patients no longer suffered from bulimia, which is characterized by compulsive overeating.

The women in the study were treated with a contraceptive pill containing the female sex hormone oestrogen. This treatment reduced testosterone levels in the women's bodies.

Bulimia is about 10 times more common in women than in men.

"Hormone treatment may very well be an alternative to cognitive behavioural treatment," Steve Bloomfield of the Eating Disorders Association told BBC News. However, it's likely that only a few women with bulimia would benefit from hormone treatment, Bloomfield added. – (HealthDayNews)

Read more:
Teen Centre
Dying to be thin

January 2007

 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X

More:

WomanNews
advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

The debate continues »

Working out in the concrete jungle 7 top butt exercises for guys 10 things pole dancing can do for you

The running vs. walking debate

There are many different theories when it comes to the running vs. walking for health and weight loss.

Veganism a crime? »

Running the Comrades Marathon on a vegan diet Are vegans unnatural beasts? Can a vegan be really healthy?

Should it be a crime to raise a baby on vegan food?

After a number of cases of malnourishment in Italy, it may become a crime to feed children under 16 a vegan diet.