Disorders of fuel metabolism: medical complications associated with starvation, eating disorders, dietary fads, and supplements.Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2005 Aug; 23(3):789-813, ix.EM
Disorders of fuel metabolism as they relate to abnormal fuel intake,abnormal fuel expenditure, and dietary supplements are the focus of this article. The emergency physician should be aware of the medical complications that can occur as a result of starvation states,eating disorders, fad diets, hypermetabolic states, and ergogenic aids. Knowledge and understanding of the complications associated with these disorders will facilitate the diagnosis and management of patients who present to the emergency department with any of the disorders reviewed.