The complications and increased mortality rate associated with diabulimia require an informed, collaborative treatment approach that acknowledges and addresses both illnesses concurrently.
At Eating Recovery Center, we adopt a multidisciplinary team approach to diabulimia treatment, including a medical doctor, psychiatrist, therapist, Registered Dietitian and nursing staff. The goal of treatment is to normalize the use of insulin, blood glucose levels and patient weight, and avoid acute and chronic complications of insulin deficiency and hyperglycemia.
Treatment begins with medical stabilization
The first step is medical stabilization, which in severe cases will require hospitalization, and interruption of insulin manipulation and other eating disorder behaviors such as excessive exercise or purging. Once patients are medically and psychiatrically stable, a structured curriculum of individual, group therapy and experiential therapy explore the function of the eating disorder in the patient’s life and build recovery skills.
Recovery skills for diabulimia emphasize healthfully managing stress and anxiety in the future and sustained recovery following discharge from ERC.
ERC provides specialized education and treatment for diabulimia
In addition to providing care to patients, ERC provides education and training to healthcare professionals working with patients with diabetes in an effort to raise awareness of the heightened risk for developing an eating disorder and treatment resources.
To learn more about diabulimia, please call us at 877-825-8584.