Ever wonder why girls and guys want to starve themselves, and why they keep doing it even when they know their doing the wrong thing? There is a neurotransmitter in your brain called dopamine; it plays a main role in the central nervous system, and in some people this acts different then it would in healthy people. Having one that doesn’t work as well makes them binge and purge.
Bulimia Nervosa is a is a serve eating disorder followed by other eating disorders. Scientists have found that women who have any history of any eating disorder, it shows major differences in the brain. There is a new study by Guido Frank, MD, who us an assistant professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado. He examined the brain to see if it responded to Dopamine. Dopamine is a brain chemical that helps keep your brain behavior.
Guido Frank found out that bulimic woman have less of a response in the brain regions, then women who are healthy. When you overeat and purge it causes you to become weaker and it sets off a violent cycle of your brain function. There are three good reasons for these findings, one they involve the brain system and related dopamine in the brain functions. Second, when you have an eating disorder, it directly affects the brain and then the brain cannot decide whether it should return back to its normal functions, or keep thinking what the owner wants. Lastly, dopamine could be a treatment, by using certain medications that targets those irregularities. “These findings are important since the brain dopamine neurotransmitter system could be an important treatment target for bulimia nervosa,” said Frank.
Having bulimia nervosa also affects your taste buds. So when you’re eating, you’re not getting the same tastes as a person who doesn’t have bulimia nervosa. So since it doesn’t taste as good, they don’t want the food which makes them starve. The more they binge and purge, the less responsive their brain functions
For in the future, this could not only provide the cures for bulimia nervosa, but also the cause of bulimia nervosa. The recovery of bulimia nervosa is very slow, but most women under the age of 30 recover. Some can recover with 3 years, but the average is about 5 years
Do you think there will be success in helping this problem?
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