How is Diabulimia Treated?

At Eating Recovery Center, we offer a multidisciplinary team approach to treating diabulimia (ED-DMT1). Patients are seen by a medical doctor, psychiatrist, therapist, Registered Dietitian and nursing staff regularly. The first goals include medical stabilization and weight restoration to address health complications.

Treatment of Diabulimia (ED-DMT1)

Our multi-step approach to treating ED-DMT1 starts with stabilization. As we progress with care, consistency and structure are essential. Primary goals for treatment will include weight restoration, diabetes management and education, nutrition education, and improved physical and mental health.  and to avoid acute and chronic diabulimia complications.

Medical stabilization

The first goal is to make sure the patient is medically stable. In severe cases, treatment for diabulimia will require hospitalization. During this phase, we will work to interrupt insulin manipulation and other eating disorder behaviors such as excessive exercise or purging. Medical records and labs are reviewed and outpatient providers are consulted. Nutrition and weight assessments take place. Menus are created with carb counts for all meals and snacks and a treatment plan is created.

Emotional support

Psychological assessment looks at mental stability and eating disorder thoughts and behaviors. Once patients are medically and psychiatrically stable, a structured curriculum of individual, group therapy and experiential therapy helps patients explore the function of the eating disorder as they work to build recovery skills. Recovery skills for diabulimia may include learning how to manage stress and anxiety and how to maintain their recovery following discharge from ERC.

Assume - then resume - care

At the beginning of treatment, staff assume care of all diabetic needs. As the patient stabilizes, diabetic care is managed jointly. Over time, the patient resumes care on their own as they recover. Before patients leave our care, we monitor insulin pump resumption. 

Experts in Treating Diabulimia (ED-DMT1)

Due to serious diabulimia complications and the associated increased mortality risk, an informed, collaborative approach that acknowledges and addresses both illnesses (diabetes and the eating disorder) concurrently is necessary.

To learn more about ED-DMT1 treatment, or to seek care at one of our eating disorder treatment centers, please call us at 877-825-8584. Eating Recovery Center is the nation's only health care system dedicated to the treatment of diabulimia at all levels of care, including inpatient treatment, residential treatment, partial hospitalization treatment and intensive outpatient treatment.

ED-DMT1 Education for Providers

In addition to providing care to patients, we provide education and training to healthcare professionals working with patients with diabetes.

We hope to raise awareness of the causes, symptoms, health risks, and treatment options for diabulimia, also known as Dual Diagnosis of Eating Disorder and Diabetes Mellitus Type 1 (ED-DMT1). 

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