In Scottsdale, AZ
Regardless of your age, Diabulimia is a serious eating disorder that can have devastating and permanent effects on the body.
Diabulimia is an eating disorder where a person with type 1 diabetes deliberately restricts their insulin to lose weight. As a consequence of this dangerous method of weight loss, people with Diabulimia experience out of control blood sugars and can develop a number of serious and potentially life-threatening medical complications. There is no denying how normal it is for teenage girls to be preoccupied with their appearance, however, those with type 1 diabetes are even more so and in turn are at a greater risk of developing Diabulimia.
While the dangerous medical complications that can result from Diabulimia are severe, people will often not even consider seeking treatment because they don’t realize they have an eating disorder. Primary care doctors and other healthcare professionals sometimes can make the mistake of assuming their patient Diabulimia is taking his or her insulin as recommended. They may be experiencing feelings of shame, guilt, and sadness and as a result may have trouble opening up to health-care providers about their eating disorder behaviors. Getting help for Diabulimia can help ward off these issues and allow you to live a healthier, fuller life.
As a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD), I understand and have experience with the intricacies of Type 1 Diabetes alongside struggles from an eating disorder and body image issues. Medical nutrition therapy needs to be flexible and effectively address the needs for both diabetes and the eating disorder at the same time. Treatment takes time and will be a gradual process. Once in recovery though, you will absolutely be able to enjoy a fulfilling and productive life.