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Binge Eating Disorder: Latest Medical Breakthroughs

Thursday, 16 Sep 2010 09:28 AM

Binge Eating Disorder is one of the most prevalent eating disorders in the United States. The disorder affects up to 3.5 per cent of females and 2 per cent of males in the United States alone. Binge eating disorder is characterized by compulsive overeating. Typically, the disorder causes obesity in individuals affected by it. A number of new breakthroughs in the field of medicine have helped find new binge eating disorder treatments.
Some of the efficient and newest treatments are freely available on the market. The newest treatments for binge eating disorder includes the use of different medications and new forms of therapies aimed at getting rid of patterns that characterize binge eating disorders. These new treatments include:
  1. One of the best and the most effective treatments for binge eating disorder is the use of antidepressants. Studies conducted on people with bulimia and binge eating disorder have shown a quick recovery from their illnesses after being prescribed antidepressants.
  2. Another new treatment for binge eating disorder is the use of Topamax, a drug used in the treatment for seizures. This drug, also known as Topiramate, helps reduce binge eating episodes and effectively manages weight gain. Although this is an affective treatment, it also has a number of side effects like dizziness and fatigue. The drug may also cause tingling sensations in various parts of the body.
  3. Appetite suppressants help treat binge eating disorders. New research on appetite suppressing drugs like Sibutramine and Meridia show that they effectively reduce binge eating disorder episodes and inhibit weight gain.
  4. Therapy is highly effective for those sufering from a binge eating disorder. Medical advancements show that the use of some therapies help reduce the number of binge episodes. Therapy can also get to the root cause of the disorder. One type of therapy used is cognitive-behavioral therapy, which focuses on finding and eliminating dysfunctional thoughts that trigger the disorder. The use of this therapy as a treatment for binge eating disorder may eliminate the disorder in the long run.

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