Serious acute and chronic complications accompany the dual diagnosis of diabulimia. Hyperglycemia (elevated levels of glucose in the bloodstream) results from insulin deficiency and leads to damage of small vessels (microvascular damage) and nerve cells, specifically peripheral nerves. When an eating disorder is present, the rate of onset and severity of microvascular disease and peripheral nerve damage is greatly accelerated.
Other common complications most frequently seen in diabetes are also possible and accelerated, including:
- Damage to the retina of the eye, kidneys and heart (related to microvascular disease)
- Small nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy, pain, tingling, and even numbness of hands and feet
- Increased mortality risk
Intervention for diabulimia can be life-saving
Please call us at 877-825-8584 to speak with an Eating Recovery Centered Masters-level clinician who can help you take immediate steps towards diabulimia stabilization and recovery.