Laxative Abuse

Laxative Abuse :

Occurs with the frequent or consistent reliance on laxatives to get rid of calories, to lose weight, or feel thinner or “empty”. It can result in a variety of health complications .It is a myth that laxatives are effective for weight loss. In actuality, laxative abuse causes loss of water, minerals, electrolytes, and fiber. This weight returns when the body re-hydrates. Recovering from the cycle of laxative abuse is complicated, requiring medical and emotional support. Health consequences can include: dependency on the stimulant, dehydration, tremors, weakness, blurry vision, kidney damage, electrolyte imbalances, mineral loss Results can manifest as liver damage, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and/or improper functioning of vital organs.