Diabulimia is an eating disorder in which individuals with Type 1 Diabetes purposefully give themselves less insulin than they require, with the intention of losing weight. The eating disorder is most common in woman between the ages of 15 and 30. According to Dr. Ann E. Goebel-Fabbri, about 30% of diabetic woman restrict their insulin to induce weight loss at some point in their lives.Continue reading
In this weeks episode we talked with we talked about Diabulimia with Dr. Ann Goebel-Fabbri, a clinical psychologist at the Joslin Diabetes Center and Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
In this episode we covered:
5:18 – About Dr. Goebel-Fabbri
6:17 – What is Diabulimia?
8:36 – Are we seeing an increase in Diabulimia?
9:37 – Can you describe the diabetic in terms of weight and eating habits?
11:58 – Does the push to gain weight very quickly cause food addiction or unnecessary weight gain?
16:12 – Bulimics tend to be normal or slightly overweight, is that also true of the Diabulimic?
17:08 – Is there such thing as Diarexic?
17:25 – What are the complications of a disorder that involves restricting food and restricting insulin?
22:05 – What are the long-term and short-term risks of Diabulimia?
28:03 – Type III Diabetes
29:20 – Caller Question: Is there such thing as a Type II Diabulimic? What would this complication be for older populations?
34:45 – What other things can people be on the lookout for, in terms of comorbidity?
36:27 – What treatment options are most successful in treating Diabulimia?
46:15 – What advice would you give to parents of children that are struggling with Diabulimia?
Links We Discussed
The Joslin Diabetes Center
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