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Long term effects of an eating disorder

Can an eating disorder such as anorexia have a long term effect resulting in the body failing to produce red blood cells?  Many tests have been done and all have failed to find anything. Just curious.  Thanks
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Dear Cindy

Anorexia nervosa (eating disorder) can have several  adverse effects on body- cold intolerance, cardiac arrhythmias, amenorrhea, bloating, depression, osteoporosis, decreased white blood cells and several others. Because of deficiency in essential nutrients, there is a possibility for reduced Haemoglobin there by resulting in anemia. You may want to have a complete medical work up to rule out any other factors contributing to your symptoms. A combination of medications and psychotherapy will be helpful in the treatment of Anorexia.

Sincerely
HFHS-M.D.
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