John Burke, critical care outreach nurse at Cwm Taf University Health Board, said: "As an intensive care nurse I have seen first-hand the catastrophic effects of diabulimia
. "Young diabetics who have manipulated their insulin regime and have ended up with uncontrollable blood sugar levels and then gone into diabeticketoacidosis, (DKA).
The word diabulimia
is a combination of the words diabetes and bulimia and refers to someone with Type 1 diabetes who skips insulin doses to lose weight.
is an eating disorder specific to patients with diabetes characterized by limiting and/or skipping insulin dosing.
But as she grew up, she had come to terms with her condition, and had even become a trustee of a charity supporting those with diabulimia
, which helps those with diabetes who also have eating disorders.
Two common comorbidities in type 1 diabetic adolescents are depression and the eating disorder popularly known as diabulimia
-- Two common comorbidities in type 1 diabetic adolescents are depression and the eating disorder popularly known as diabulimia
. Both feature high and upwardly trending hemoglobin [A.sub.lc] levels, often accompanied by weight loss.
Drunkorexiajoins an increasing list of eating disorder diagnoses not recognized or condoned by the medical community, including "manorexia" (anorexia in men), "diabulimia
" (diabetics using insulin restriction to purge), and even "bridorexia" (brides starving to fit into a certain size wedding dress).
The practice - which is sometimes called "diabulimia
" - can have severe health consequences.
Charity Diabetes UK say up to a third of young sufferers, mainly women, are in the life-threatening habit which has been dubbed "diabulimia
Little did he know he was suffering with diabulimia
- an eating disorder which affects as many as four in 10 women, and one in 10 men, with type 1 diabetes aged 15 to 30.