Diabulimia…A Deadly Form of Diabetes
However, a growing population of individuals with diabetes choose to restrict or cease to use their insulin in order to lose an unhealthy amount of weight. As insulin encourages fat storage, many people with type 1 diabetes have discovered the relationship between reducing the amount of insulin they take and corresponding weight loss. This practice is referred to as “Diabulimia”- an eating disorder that is linked with type 1 diabetes.
“Eating disorders are twice as common among girls and women with diabetes who use insulin compared with females without diabetes,” says Certified Eating Disorder Specialist,
Price, owner and founder of Inner Door Center® for Eating Disorder Treatment in
Studies show that individuals with diabulimia have poorly controlled diabetes, with a higher risk of developing complications, such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, along with nerve and kidney damage. They have three times the mortality risk compared with those who don’t restrict insulin and are estimated to have a 13-year-shorter life expectancy.
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