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"Omission" Re-Emerges As a Distressing Trend Among Type 1 Teen Girls


Feb 29, 2008

About 10 years ago Diabetes Health began reporting on "omission," the practice among some type 1 teen girls of deliberately stopping their insulin intake to produce drastic - and fast - weight loss.

But the ego-enhancing effect of shedding those pounds carried a drastic price: an extremely high probability of life-threatening kidney, heart and foot problems later in life, thanks to the ravages of uncontrolled blood sugar.

The problem is still with us, although these days "omission" is called "diabulimia." The February 27 online edition of U.S. News & World Report carries a chilling update on the condition, which is now considered a mental illness: "Diabulimia - A Young Diabetics' Eating Disorder." We recommend you read it here.


Categories: Blood Sugar, Diabetes, Diabetes, Insulin, Insulin Omission, Type 1 Issues



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Posted by Anonymous on 8 March 2008

It is a VERY important article for all diabetics to read.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out how to "tweak" insulin dosage so that we type 1 diabetics don't gain weight, or even more extreme, lose weight.
Our society worships women who are slender. Just take a look at current fashion trends. Figure clinging, sleeveless, low cut,(especially summer clothing) (if you are a size 6 or below, you are in luck ! ) Who doesn't want any easy fix to lose weight?
For teenagers who are basically struggling with insecurity issues to begin with, tweaking insulin doesn't seem like a bad idea.
When we are young, consequenses don't make much sense.
These girls (or guys, or adults,for that matter) need a lot of love, people who won't judge them, and guidance. Trying to scare someone into taking care of themselves is only temporary.
There is no easy answer for this terrible mental and physical handicap.
Maybe someday we will all get our priorities and self esteem issues straight, and won't cave in to superficial values, like being "thin equals being beautiful, and acceptable."


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