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Diabulimia is a Serious Eating Disorder That Most People Have Never Heard Of

March 1, 2019
Philly Voice
As many as 35 percent of young adult women with Type 1 diabetes met the criteria for a “sub-threshold” eating disorder, meaning they display symptoms of an eating disorder but do not meet the full diagnostic criteria.

Further, as many as 11 percent of young adult women with Type 1 diabetes meet the criteria for a full-syndrome eating disorder and 16 percent of males with the disease have disordered eating behaviors, per the Eating Recovery Center. Treatment will begin by ensuring the patient is medically stable. In severe cases, treatment for diabulimia will require hospitalization to interrupt insulin manipulation and other eating disorder behaviors, such as excessive exercise or purging. Once patients are medically and mentally 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, according to the Eating Recovery Center.

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