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Diabulimia: The World’s Most Dangerous Eating Disorder

Diabulimia is the combination of type 1 diabetes with the eating disorder bulimia.

People with type 1 diabetes have a defective pancreas that does not make insulin. And insulin is needed for glucose to enter the body’s cells for energy or storage.

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People with bulimia are overly concerned about their weight. They often eat to excess and then cause themselves to purge, usually by vomiting or taking laxatives, but some exercise to an excessive degree.

Combine these physical and psychological illnesses and you have a person that recognizes that by reducing or withholding insulin he or she can prevent their body from utilizing the glucose in the blood. Glucose cannot be used for energy or be converted and stored for future use as fat. This causes their body to use stored fat and protein for energy. In other words, insulin helps build more fat. Withholding insulin is a way of eating whatever you want but still losing weight.

Not getting enough insulin causes blood sugar levels to rise. A condition of high blood glucose levels is called hyperglycemia. Excess sugar (glucose) is secreted in the urine. Calories are in this way purged from the body.

Hyperglycemia is a dangerous condition that can result in permanent damage to the body. High glucose levels cause damage to small blood vessels and nerves. The damaged blood vessels affect organs such as the eye, heart, and kidneys. Nerve damage results in weakness, tingling, pain, and numbness in the feet and hands.

These conditions can worsen over time. Sight can deteriorate and become blurred or blindness can result. Heart disease and stroke are common in patients with diabetes. Kidneys can fail and require dialysis. Foot ulcers can become so bad a patient has to use a wheelchair and eventually amputation may be required.

The Dangers of Diabulimia

Gemma, Nabeelah and Becky are some of thousands of people who suffer from Diabulimia. Usual eating disorder treatment does not work, but medical experts hope to change that.

If you have been affected by the issues raised in this documentary, the these organizations within the UK may be able to help.
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The American Diabetes Association tells us that “girls and women with type 1 diabetes are twice as likely to develop an eating disorder as those without diabetes?” It’s not surprising that the death rate of those with type 1 diabetes is three times higher when an eating disorder is present.

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Eating Disorders in Adolescents

Eating disorders in adolescents are widespread and dangerous. Peer pressure and the media play important roles in encouraging teens to aspire to attain a certain body image. And many young people with eating disorders do not live a happy or long life.

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Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are both expressions of this obsession to conform to the vision of a thin body image. Anorexia nervosa is characterized by an extreme diet in which very little food is consumed. Bulimia nervosa is characterized by occasions of extreme consumption of food followed by depression and self-induced vomiting to eliminate the food in the stomach and often over-exercising to reduce the effect of consumption.

The results of both of these eating disorders are similar. The main problem is that essential nutrients are not being provided to the body. Neither macro-nutrients like protein, carbohydrates and fats, nor micro-nutrients including vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Practically any disease you can think of can result from lack of nutrients.

Common symptoms in people with eating disorders include fatigue and lack of energy, dizziness, constipation, loss of menstruation in females, low testosterone in males. More severe medical conditions can result such as irregular heartbeat, loss of muscle and bone mass, liver and kidney damage, electrolyte imbalances, cardiac arrest, and death. Because bulimia involves induced vomiting, stomach acids damage teeth and the esophagus.

When treated in time, young people can avoid most of the long term health complications.

The Perfect Image – A documentary on eating disorders

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In addition to normal media such as TV and magazines, the Internet provided troubled adolescents with websites that support anorexia. Some of these sites are run by teens who are seeking support for their obsession with body fat and thus, their eating disorder. These pro-ana sites give eating tips, peer support, and other tips for continuing the anorexic and bulimic lifestyle.

For many teens with eating disorders, a stay in a clinic that specialized in treating adolescents is helpful. With proper counseling, associating with other adolescents who are undergoing treatment and an enforced eating schedule many young people can regain a normal self-esteem and learn a new way of life. The earlier an eating disorder is recognized, the more rapid and long-lasting will be the return to healthy eating habits.

Anorexia Nervosa: Being Too Thin – An Inside Story [ BBC FULL DOCUMENTARY]

Eating disorders in adolescents are too often life threatening. It usually requires intervention to restore a teen to health. Getting proper nutrition is a choice and a habit. The habit of health can be developed by anyone, even adolescents with eating disorders.