Diabulimia is a serious eating disorder that can have devastating and permanent effects on your body.
Diabulimia is an eating disorder where a person with type 1 diabetes deliberately restricts their insulin to lose weight or when a person with type II diabetes allows their blood sugars to run alarmingly high. 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. Even though the medical complications that can result from Diabulimia are severe, people will often not even consider 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 is taking his or her insulin as recommended. Those suffering 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 team of eating disorder specialists and therapists led by a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD), we understand and have experience with the intricacies of Type 1 Diabetes alongside struggles from an eating disorder and body image issues. Therapy and treatment interventions must 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.