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 Post subject: Diabetics with Eating Disorders
PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:39 am 
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Diabetics with Eating Disorders

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Recent research shows that not only are females* who have type one diabetes at twice the risk of developing anorexia or bulimia, as many as 40% of 15 – 30 year olds regularly omit insulin. This practice can have devastating consequences such as organ failure, infertility, blindness and in the worst cases, death. Despite the horrendous complications and staggering prevalence, diabulimia or ED-DMT1 is not diagnosable and there are no current guidelines for the NHS on how to deal with the issue.

DWED's aim is to provide support, awareness, advocacy and action.

*Although less common it can also be found in males who have type 1 diabetes.

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 Post subject: Re: Diabetics with Eating Disorders
PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:43 am 
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Thank you for posting this.
Diabetes and EDs can really, really complicate each other. (For example, Diabetes means you need to be informed about what and how much and when you are eating whereas in a restrictive ED, it's best to ease up on that perpetual concern.)
I'm not sure what the direction of causality is here... Was I at an increased risk for diabetes because I had an ED? (In my particular case that seems unlikely, since Type 1 Diabetes is not usually influenced by behaviour very much.) But it certainly offered another outlet for disordered compensating behaviours.
There was a long time when I was afraid of injecting regularly or the full amount of insuline. Luckily, I've yet been spared the long-term consequences, but in the short run, it's pretty shitty, too. The fatigue, the nausea, the thirst, the sugar craving attacks, the cramps, the having to pee every 30 minutes or so... kids, don't ever do this at home! (Or anywhere else for that matter.)


There is a British Charity of the same name, btw :)

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