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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Diabulimia is a term that refers to a co-occurring condition of which individuals with Type-1 Diabetes refuse to take their insulin or significant portions of their insulin as a means to lose weight. When insulin is omitted or reduced, blood sugars spike so high that they are forced to be expelled through the urinecausing significant and dangerous weight loss. What is Diabulimia? 2.5X as likely for a woman with Type-1 Diabetes to develop an eating disorder than her non-diabetic counterparts. About 30% of women ages 15-30 have manipulated their insulinin order to lose weight. The initial onset of diabetes is often accompanied by weight loss which can be very satisfying and addictive and therefore difficult to give up. To be a healthy diabetic, individuals are encouraged to pay accentuated attention to what they eat and weigh; this strict dietary regimen could contribute to the onset of an eating disorder. Once an insulin regimen has been started, weight gain often results. This can be anxiety-provoking especially for someone who already struggles with poor self-esteem. It is difficult to be diagnosed with any chronic illness, and without proper coping tools, diabetics may look to eating disorder behaviors to cope. Medical Complications of Diabulimia Why they Co-Occur: Higher A1C levels Higher risk of developing infections More frequent episodes of DKA More frequent hospital and emergency room visits Higher rates and earlier onset of diabetes complications - nerve damage, eye disease, kidney disease and possible heart disease Treatment * Like any mental or physical health issue, recovery isn't easy, but with the proper team and support in place, recovery is possible! For more information about treatment options for Diabulimia visit
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