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Not All T1d Eating Disorders Are Diabulimia

Not All T1d Eating Disorders Are Diabulimia

Researchers are calling for a new diagnosis that would include all Type 1 eating disorders. We have seen heightened awareness on insulin manipulation, an eating disorder symptom that occurs in the Type 1 diabetes community. A new term was coined to describe this set of behaviors: “diabulimia”. While increased attention for individuals with an eating disorder and diabetes is welcome, I am troubled by the limited representation of the diabulimia diagnosis. The narrative is often the same in each story: a young woman binges on high-calorie or high-carbohydrate foods and then compensates for the binge by withholding insulin. I fear that if we reduce the narrative of Type 1 eating disorders to insulin omission that closely resembles a binge-purge cycle, we are missing the folks with Type 1 who exhibit other eating disorder symptoms. These narrow narratives miss men and boys; individuals who are over the age of 25; those who do not misuse insulin as part of a binge-purge cycle; and those with Type 1 diabetes who have an eating disorder that doesn’t involve insulin manipulation. It’s important to present Type 1-related eating disorders as a complex illness that may take many shapes and forms. I certainly thought I had to fit the narrow diabulimia narrative. Diabulimia didn’t fit because I didn’t withhold insulin after a binge-purge cycle. When I was still trying to understand my illness, I felt like I must not have a “real” eating disorder because I didn’t have bulimia or anorexia. My symptoms didn’t fit neatly into a diagnostic category, so I was thrown into the umbrella category of “eating disorder not otherwise specified” (EDNOS) or, recently renamed, “otherwise specified feeding or eating disorder” (OSFED). While I understand an individual wanti Continue reading >>

Diabetes And Eating Disorders

Diabetes And Eating Disorders

What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a disease of the endocrine system. In short, a person’s pancreas is incapable of producing enough insulin to offset sugar in the system; in order to remain alive; a diabetic must regularly acquire insulin from an external source. Diabetes takes a toll on a person’s body, especially the eyes, nerves, and kidneys. However, with medical care, healthy diet and exercise, diabetics can expect to live long lives. Unfortunately, these days many diabetic girls are playing a dangerous game with their health all in the name of being thin. What is Diabulimia? Adolescents tend to desire certain things. Most want to be attractive and popular. They look to magazines, television shows, and the internet to glean what is the latest in terms of hair, makeup and clothes. Although these areas will shift according to fashion, one issue that seemingly never changes is the necessity to be rail-thin. Because diabetics are no different from other teenagers, they too want to achieve the “look.” And they have found a way to make it happen. By under dosing insulin, a diabetic will force sugar to leave his or her body through urine. The result: easy weight loss. In fact, this practice has become so widespread, that it is now being referred to as diabulimia. Consequences of Diabulimia As mentioned, diabetes is already hard on the body. Add anorexia to the mix and it goes from merely hard to horrific. Manipulating insulin as a form of weight control places their health, and lives, in extreme jeopardy. The mortality rate for these young women escalates to 35%. What’s more, the medical complications of diabetes such as vision loss and kidney failure escalate dramatically. This means if a diabetic begins insulin manipulation at the age of 17, she could be totally b Continue reading >>

Diabulimia: The Dangerous Way Diabetics Drop Pounds

Diabulimia: The Dangerous Way Diabetics Drop Pounds

At age 14, Erin Williams was tired of medicine. Williams was diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic at age 11, and after three years of enduring a never-ending regimen of insulin shots and strict diet restrictions, she was frustrated. Embarrassed by her disease, she kept it a secret from everyone but her closest family and friends. At birthday parties, she made up excuses about why she couldn't have soda or cake. When a classmate saw her drinking juice boxes in the nurses office, she endured weeks of being called the "juice box thief" rather than just tell her classmates she had low blood sugar because of diabetes. Eventually, Williams rebelled the only way she could, she decided not take her insulin. She just didn't want to adhere to the strict diet and medical regimen even though it was vital to her health. "It wasn't this dramatic moment," recalled Williams. "It was mostly like I want to be like everybody else." The next morning when Williams woke up, she felt fine. "Well, nothing bad happened to me," Williams remembered thinking. "It creeps up on you. That's how it does it." Emboldened by her experiment, she continued to restrict her insulin. Without a regimented amount of insulin in her body to process glucose, Williams' body started to burn through fat and muscle. She lost weight very quickly even as she ate all the same foods. Classmates started commenting on her weight loss and remarked that she looked great. "You hear all these things and you're like, 'This is the greatest thing in the world,'" said Williams. "It takes a hold of your life like nothing else." After living with type 1 diabetes for three years, Williams was exhibiting the first signs of a disorder often called diabulimia. The term refers to the dual diagnosis of type 1 diabetes and an eating disorder. Man Continue reading >>

Mortality In Concurrent Type 1 Diabetes And Anorexia Nervosa

Mortality In Concurrent Type 1 Diabetes And Anorexia Nervosa

We would like to add our experience of the clinical course and prognosis in patients with type 1 diabetes and eating disorders to that reported by Nielsen et al. (1) who reported a standardized mortality ratio of 14.5 in female patients with a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes and anorexia nervosa. We performed a 12-year follow-up of a cohort of 14 women with type 1 diabetes and eating disorders (12 with anorexia nervosa) originally studied in 1987 (2). Of the 14 subjects, 5 had died (36%), 2 were blind, and 3 were receiving renal replacement therapy; most notably, 11 of the 14 subjects suffered from severe autonomic neuropathic symptoms. Data from 1999, or at the time of death, revealed that the median (range) age of the cohort was 37 years (25–46), with a duration of diabetes of 26 years (14–33). The age of death of the five patients was 30 years (25–42) with a duration of diabetes at death of 19 years (14–26). Two patients were found dead at home and, as both had hypoglycemic unawareness, there was strong circumstantial evidence that the deaths were related to hypoglycemia. One patient died as a result of ketoacidosis after deliberate insulin omission. Another patient died following a sudden respiratory arrest 48 h after bone graft surgery for a nonuniting fracture. The final patient died from emaciation due to severe autonomic neuropathy affecting her bowel, resulting in intractable diarrhea and vomiting. All 14 women had some degree of retinopathy and only 3 of the 14 women had normoalbuminuria. All but three women had complained of painful neuropathic symptoms. Interestingly, half of the cohort had at least one pregnancy, with one woman having three children. Of the 14 women, 10 had recovered from their eating disorder in that they no longer fulfilled the crite Continue reading >>

Insulin Sensitivity In Anorexia Nervosa: A Mirror Image Of Obesity?

Insulin Sensitivity In Anorexia Nervosa: A Mirror Image Of Obesity?

Abstract Although, in many respects and from a metabolic point of view, obesity and AN are clearly two opposite pathological conditions, the available data concerning insulin sensitivity in these two syndromes are not so obviously opposite. Indeed, whereas everybody is convinced that obesity is characterized by an increased insulin resistance, the papers reporting insulin sensitivity parameters in AN contain some apparently contradictory results. The observations of simultaneously low fasting blood glucose and plasma-insulin levels in anorectic patients could suggest increased insulin sensitivity in AN. However, if this is the case, it would be present despite other metabolic and hormonal changes (increased plasma concentrations of free fatty acids, cortisol, and growth hormone) which are known factors of insulin resistance. During an oral glucose-tolerance test, an impaired glucose-tolerance occurring despite sustained insulin response to glucose is usually found in anorectic patients before treatment; these abnormalities are, at least partially, reversed after successful refeeding. From these results, such conclusive, if indirect, evidence exists for relative insulin insensitivity in untreated AN. Similar results were initially reported with the intravenous glucose-tolerance test. Typically, the coefficient of glucose assimilation K was reduced in anorectic patients before treatment and increased after realimentation. This seemed to occur despite a relative increase in insulin response to glucose, which again may be related to insulin resistance in these undernourished subjects. However, more recent data demonstrated that the early insulin response is significantly lower in anorectic patients than in controls and that more than half of these patients have normal gluco Continue reading >>

Understanding & Treating Eating Disorders & Insulin Omission In Type 1 Diabetes

Understanding & Treating Eating Disorders & Insulin Omission In Type 1 Diabetes

DWED regularly trains Health Care Professionals and other interested parties. We are happy to travel world wide. We do ask for a small donation and travel expenses to cover our costs. We offer a bespoke service but to give you and idea we have 2 training packs below for you to peruse. Please note that training is discounted for DWED HCP members DWED Training for those in Diabetes Services: Understanding & Treating Eating Disorders and Insulin Omission in Type 1 Diabetes Presentation Subjects Type 1 Diabetes & Eating Disorders: The Facts Brief Overview of Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder Insulin Omission for weight loss: Stats, Costs, Research Methodology and Controversies Insulin Omission: The DSM V and Issues with the Current Criteria Diabetes Specific Origins: of Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder Diabetes Specific Origins: The Clinic Environment Treating Eating Disorders in Type 1 Diabetes: Problems with Current Models and Case Studies Treating Eating Disorders in Type 1 Diabetes: Examples of Best Practice and Case Studies I suspect I my Patient has an Eating Disorder or is Deliberately Omitting Insulin for WeightLloss. What do I do about it? Learning Outcomes Understanding the psychological difficulties and pressures of living with Type 1 Diabetes and the diabetes regimen. Understanding the link between Type 1 Diabetes and Eating Disorders Understanding the prevalence of Disordered Eating Behaviour In Type 1 Diabetes Understanding current issues in diagnosis and treatment Appreciating issues surrounding bad practice and its implications for the patient Understanding what a good service looks like and where it differs. Understanding the right questions to ask Knowing where to go for help DWED Training for those in Mental Health Services Presentati Continue reading >>

Almost A Third Of Women With Type 1 Diabetes Suffer From This Hidden Eating Disorder

Almost A Third Of Women With Type 1 Diabetes Suffer From This Hidden Eating Disorder

Diabulimia happens when people with Type 1 diabetes restrict their insulin intake on purpose — and it’s often not noticeable until it’s too late. Most of us are familiar with eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia and the devastating effects they can have on both the people that suffer from them and their families. However, fewer of us are familiar with another eating disorder that is just as pervasive, according to experts, but not yet recognized by medicine: diabulimia. Diabulimia happens when people with Type 1 diabetes restrict insulin to stay thin. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic disease where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin to break down sugars from food, leading the body to store it in the blood. High blood sugar can lead to everything from kidney failure to death. Restricting insulin means the body can’t absorb food — or essential nutrients — and can’t gain weight. Even worse: Those who suffer from diabulimia aren’t as recognizable as those with anorexia, meaning they can get away with it for longer — often until it’s too late. “You can look quite well and have a normal body size and yet because you’re restricting insulin inside you, you’re running very high blood sugars,” Professor Khalida Ismail, lead psychiatrist for diabetes at King’s Health Partners, told BBC Newsbeat in a new documentary about the disorder. Natalie Ann Holoborow is the perfect example of a high-functioning person who suffered with diabulimia. “On the left, I was 22 years old, severely underweight and in outpatients treatment. I was terribly affected by the bullying I went through in school and lost a massive amount of weight by skipping not only meals but cutting back on insulin, something which is life-threatening as a Type 1 diabetic,” Continue reading >>

Eating Disorders In Female Adolescents With Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus

Eating Disorders In Female Adolescents With Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus

Recent case reports have suggested an association between anorexia nervosa and/or bulimia with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM). Fifty-eight females aged fifteen to twenty-two with IDDM for more than one year were assessed for the presence of eating disorders. Patients were screened for eating and weight pathology using the Eating Disorder Inventory (EDI) and Eating Attitudes Test-26 (EAT-26). Glycosylated hemoglobin (HbAl) was measured to assess metabolic control. Subjects who scored above the cut-off points associated with eating and weight pathology were interviewed. Clinically significant eating and weight pathology was found in 20.7 percent of the population. Of these subjects, anorexia nervosa was found in 6.9 percent and the syndrome of bulimia, based on DSM-III criteria, was found in 6.9 percent. In patients with bulimia, there was a strong inverse correlation between bulimic symptoms and metabolic control. These findings suggest that anorexia nervosa may be more common in female adolescents with IDDM than in nondiabetic populations and that bulimic symptoms may be a risk factor for poor metabolic control. Continue reading >>

The Terrifying Rise Of Diabulimia: Diabetics Who Are Skipping Vital Insulin Jabs To Lose Weight... Risking Hair Loss, Blindness And Even Death

The Terrifying Rise Of Diabulimia: Diabetics Who Are Skipping Vital Insulin Jabs To Lose Weight... Risking Hair Loss, Blindness And Even Death

When Stacey Williams was a teenager being taunted about her weight she discovered a quick and easy way to shed pounds - skipping her insulin injections. The 23-year-old, from Little Hampton, West Sussex - who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of six - lost up to 4lb a week and slimmed from 12st to 9st and a svelte size 10. For the next six years she became addicted to controlling her weight by reducing her life-saving jabs - an extremely dangerous diet habit which has been dubbed 'diabulimia'. Scroll down for video Stacey at a party in 2010 (left) before she began to dramatically slim through cutting out insulin jabs and after, right, in 2013 after controlling her weight through insulin became a 'compulsion' Bullied for her size, Stacey (pictured, left in 2009) began to dangerously control her weight through restricting her life-saving insulin shots, but became addicted to the slimming effects, which she snapped in 2014, right Today the sales negotiator for Barratt Homes has permanent eye damage, bald patches on her scalp and became so weak she can barely climb the stairs - but she hopes her story will help prevent others from mistaking the same choice she did. Stacey said: ‘I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was just six, meaning I needed regular insulin injections to keep my blood sugar level. It does affect how much exercise you can do, and what foods you can eat too, so it’s really limiting and affects your life in so many ways. ‘I was bullied terribly at school, being called names like "Shamu The Whale" and much worse, left me depressed and feeling so alone. 'When I was 17 I became so depressed with my weight that I stopped taking my injections, and soon realised I was dropping the pounds. I did some research and read this quite a common Continue reading >>

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Living With Diabulimia, The World’s Most Dangerous Eating Disorder

Living With Diabulimia, The World’s Most Dangerous Eating Disorder

You don’t get a day off when you’ve got diabetes. Every day is about blood sugar levels, needles and numbers. When you’ve got diabetes and an eating disorder, well, that’s a lot of numbers dictating your life, from calorie counting to watching the scales. I have diabulimia. The term is a combination of diabetes and bulimia, and it’s used to describe someone with type 1 diabetes who deliberately reduces the amount of insulin they take to lose weight – someone like me. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 10 years ago, aged 19. Unlike type 2 diabetes, which is linked to your diet and lifestyle, type 1 is an autoimmune disease. It has no known cause and can’t be cured. I couldn’t shake the idea that people would assume my diabetes was caused by my weight. The basic science behind diabulimia is that, without insulin to process glucose, the body cannot break down sugars from food to use as energy. Instead, the body's cells break down fat already stored in the body, flushing out the excess sugar through the urine. If there’s not fat to burn, the body will start burning through muscle and organs. Some people binge eat and then omit their insulin - but I just starved myself, as well as omitting insulin. The worst cases result in heart failure, loss of limbs, and death. I’ve had to resort to crutches numerous times over the last couple of years, because of the damage I’ve done to my feet. Through not taking insulin, the bones in my feet have disintegrated into what the Doctor described as “honeycomb and mush”, meaning they’re so fragile they regularly break. The nerve damage is so bad I can’t even feel it – I can just see how swollen they are. In the UK, 400,000 people live with type 1 diabetes, meanwhile Canadian research suggests as many as 60% Continue reading >>

Diabulimia: The Little Known Eating Disorder That's Killing Diabetic Women

Diabulimia: The Little Known Eating Disorder That's Killing Diabetic Women

Lisa Day was just 14 when she was diagnosed with type one diabetes. At the time she was a healthy-looking teenager, but shortly after her diagnosis, her weight plummeted and she became incredibly thin. She was also diagnosed with anorexia. “The two basically came hand-in-hand,” says her sister Katie Edwards, now 31. “Lisa lost a lot of weight. As a diabetic she had to look really closely at what she ate, but because of her eating disorder, she looked way too much - and became obsessed. “As a diabetic she had to look really closely at what she ate, but because of her eating disorder, she looked way too much - and became obsessed” Katie Edwards “She would eat the bare minimum, and as she got older, she realised if she didn’t take her insulin, she could lose weight that way. She knew different techniques to do it and would drop several dress sizes in matter of days.” Lisa was seen by a psychiatrist at an eating disorder clinic, but they knew little about diabetics and were only about to focus on her relationship with food – not insulin. It meant her problems continued on and off for the next decade. At the age of 27, her family think she stopped taking overly low doses of insulin - but the damage was done. Lisa was left with serious health problems, including kidney damage, bilateral cataracts and severe eye disease. On 12 September 2015, she tragically died. “It’s just such a waste of life,” Katie tells me, eight months on. “I really didn’t think my sister would get into old age, but I thought she’d at least make 40. Because she didn’t look after herself in her early years – and didn’t receive the right help to do that - she’s really paid for it now. “Her condition ruined her life. When my mum and I were clearing through her things Continue reading >>

Eating Disorders In Women With Type 1 Diabetes

Eating Disorders In Women With Type 1 Diabetes

By Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE Living with diabetes is filled with challenges. One of those challenges involves paying very careful attention to food. Is this the right portion size? Does it have too many calories? Too much fat? The wrong kind of fat? How much carbohydrate does it contain? And when, exactly, should it be eaten? This “preoccupation” with food, and doing things like labeling foods as “good and bad” or “allowed and forbidden” can create a very unhealthy relationship. It can even lead to something called an eating disorder. For teenaged girls and young women who are already at an increased risk for eating disorders, this can create a serious problem. Women with Type 1 Diabetes at Increased Risk Girls and young women with type 1 diabetes have more than twice the risk of developing an eating disorder compared to their peers without diabetes. It certainly does not help that intensive insulin treatment—multiple daily injections or use of an insulin pump—is often associated with weight gain. And many other behaviors that are part of managing diabetes (counting carbs, exercising, frequent blood sugar checks) may also contribute to the development of eating disorders in women with diabetes. The two main eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. People with anorexia view their body unrealistically and dramatically restrict their food intake to stay thin. Bulimia is a condition in which individuals repeatedly eat excessive amounts of food and then purge through vomiting or laxative use. In a study of girls age 12 to 18 with type 1 diabetes, 45% admitted to binge eating, 8% to self-induced vomiting, and 2% to laxative abuse. Additionally, 14% admitted to deliberately not taking enough insulin as a means of controlling weight. A few years l Continue reading >>

Eating Disorders/

Eating Disorders/"diabulimia" In Type 1 Diabetes

Women with type 1 diabetes are more than twice as likely to develop an eating disorder than age-matched women without diabetes. Eating disorders in type 1 diabetes such as "diabulimia," as it is known in the popular press, represent some of the most complex patient problems—both medically and psychologically. Women with eating disorders and diabetes typically struggle with symptoms similar to those of women with eating disorders who do not have diabetes. However, they exhibit a very dangerous symptom of calorie purging in the form of insulin restriction. This condition is characterized by weight and body image concerns that lead to the mismanagement of diabetes. Recognize eating disorders in diabetes Warning signs may include: unexplained elevations in A1C values repeated problems with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which can be fatal extreme concerns about weight and body shape change in eating patterns unusual patterns of intense exercise (sometimes associated with frequent hypoglycemia) amenorrhea (skipping monthly menstrual periods) Understand the medical risks associated with eating disorders and diabetes 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 The cycle of "diabulimia" The cycle of negative feelings about body image, shape, and weight; chronically elevated blood glucose levels; depression, anxiety, and shame; and poor diabetes self-care and insulin restriction is difficult to treat: Given the extent of the problem among women with diabetes and the severe medical risks associated with it, further research aimed at targeted and effective treatments Continue reading >>

Anorexia

Anorexia

It is important for diabetic pets to get proper nutrition. However, sometimes they won’t eat or won’t eat as much as they need. That condition is referred to as inappetance. This article explores some of the reasons why inappetance happens and what a caretaker can do to deal with the situation. It is important to regulation and to general health that a diabetic pet eat a consistent, balanced diet. Because the dosage and timing of insulin shots often is based on the amount and timing of feeding, you should consider the effect of inappetance on your pet’s insulin needs. A lack of feeding may cause hypoglycemia or rebound on an otherwise “safe” dose of insulin. It also may lead to ketoacidosis and other problems. Keep in mind that even if your pet is not eating, his or her body still requires some insulin; this need does not disappear because your pet doesn't eat. [1] (See the discussion at "Getting regulated--diabetes" at the link below[2]. The advice regarding the need for a reduced insulin dose holds true for dogs as well. [3]) See also the article on fasting, which is the act of purposefully withholding food and, in some cases fluids, from a pet for a period of time. Sometimes, a temporary bout of inappetance means nothing; the pet just happens not to be hungry. A single missed meal without a history of inappetance should not cause concern that there is an underlying problem. However, you should investigate and address inappetance that continues for more than 12 hours. Many pets do not automatically accept new foods. If you are switching to a new food, you may need to introduce the new food slowly by mixing the new food with the old food in increasing proportions over time. Some pet food manufacturers change ingredients in their foods without specific notice Continue reading >>

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