Calls for diabulimia to be recognised, say medics

A disturbing new trend with type 1 diabetics is called diabulimia. Type 1 younger adults and teenage girls are withholding insulin treatments to loose weight and stay trim. This opens a whole new dilemma with health care professionals and parents. Very severe consequences can be expected with this type of behavior. Since there are fewer young people afflicted with this disorder in comparison to bulimia, it brings on new and challenging methods of prevention.

As a parent of a diabetic who was diagnosed at age 12 I find it especially disturbing. Hopefully, diabulimia will be recognized as a mental disorder and treated as such before it is too late for these young people. Lasting long term serious damage can occur when insulin is not administered correctly and on time.

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