Eat good portions, high nutrient and low-caloric foods, don't skip breakfast, snack healthy, follow a meal schedule and steady reduce weight by improving lifestyle. For some, hospitalization and a multidisciplinary approach is crucial. The individuals’ health care team can help integrate physical activity into their treatment plan.
Curejoy Expert Dipti Mothay Explains:
Diabulimia is an eating disorder in which people with type 1 diabetes deliberately give themselves less insulin than they need for the purpose of losing weight. The eating behavior of diabulimia is very similar to the eating pattern of bulimia nervosa. Patients may restrict intake, skip meals, and eliminate sweets and fats with the intention of losing weight. Long-term potential repercussions of diabetes include renal failure, blindness and diabetic neuropathy.
About 24 million Americans have an eating disorder, with many more undiagnosed, according to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), an advocacy group.
According to Ovidio Bermudez, M.D., chief medical director at the Eating Recovery Center says that diabulimia, or ED-DMT1, “is a relatively new phenomenon. People have not been diligent about insulin use for a long time; they forget, or are less careful, but it’s not intentional. What’s new is this manipulation, with the specific purpose of weight loss.”
Treatment plans for Diabulimia
Healthy eating habits
Helping individuals to develop healthy eating behavior is the foundation of medical nutrition therapy for diabulimia. For patients who are overweight, a standard approach should include:
– Proper portions
– High nutrients and low-caloric food choices
– A good breakfast
– Healthy snacks
– A realistic meal schedule
– Simple recipes for homemade meals
– Individuals should make steady weight-loss progress by improving their lifestyle.
Some patients with diabulimia need hospitalization or inpatient treatment to become medically stable.
Multidisciplinary team approach
For successful treatment of the multifaceted symptoms and behavior of diabulimia, a multidisciplinary team approach is crucial. This team should include, an endocrinologist, a psychotherapist and a registered dietitian.
For those who are obsessed about body weight, a good approach is to refrain from weighing themselves.
The individuals’ health care team can help integrate appropriate physical activity into their diabulimia treatment plan.