Diabulimia


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Weight loss by a diabetic skipping insulin
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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.
Diabulimia 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".