Eating disorders in people with type 1 diabetes are at the forefront of a national awareness campaign.
A leading type 1 diabetes organisation has released a selection of surveys on diabulimia, a serious eating disorder impacting people with insulin-dependent diabetes.
Type One Style outlined the dangers of this severe eating disorder by compiling statistics and sharing information on diabulimia, which is when people intentionally miss insulin injections.
Otherwise known as ED-DMT1 (Eating Disorder Diabetes Mellitus Type One) or T1DE (Type One and Disordered Eating), diabulimia affects 40 per cent of people with type 1 diabetes.
As part of the campaign, Type One Style surveyed hundreds of people battling with diabulimia to highlight the true reality of the complex eating disorder.
According to the findings, more than 94 per cent of respondents said further awareness of diabulimia is needed.
In addition, the survey responses revealed that more than half of the respondents purposely administered themselves less insulin – either for weight loss or for fear of hypoglycaemia.
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