[PDF] Diabetes UK position on Diabulimia

Source:
Diabetes UK
Publisher:
Diabetes UK
Publication date:
31 October 2018

Abstract

Diabulimia describes the practice of purposefully reducing or omitting insulin in order to lose weight and is incredibly dangerous. It can result in increased and earlier complications of diabetes and reduce both life expectancy and quality of life. There is a lack of awareness of diabulimia amongst family and friends of people with Type 1 diabetes and amongst healthcare professionals who do not necessarily consider it as a cause for recurrent Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) or persistent hyperglycaemia. Added to this, there is a lack of access to specialist care and treatment.