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Eating disorders can greatly increase the risk of complications in people with type 1 diabetes

A study by UK researchers on type 1 diabetics found that about 15% of the 87 teenagers and young women involved had a possible eating disorder at some point during the 10 year investigation. Over a third admitted to reducing insulin to try to control their weight and others claimed to have vomited or used laxatives. The study revealed that the women who had eating disorders faced a five times greater risk of suffering two or more diabetes complications such as eye blood vessel damage, kidney dysfunction or limb nerve damage. The same risk was observed in women who used unhealthy weight-control tactics or who misused their insulin. During the 10 year study period, two of the subjects died and both were bulimic. Poor blood sugar and poor nutrition probably lead to the increased risk of complications. Some experts wonder if female sufferers of type 1 diabetes are more prone to eating disorders.

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About: Eating disorders can greatly increase the risk of complications in people with type 1 diabetes

Date: 13 January 2005

Source: Reuters Health

Author: Amy Norton


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