ED-DMT1 is the formal name for 'diabulimia' and it stands for 'Eating Disorder - Diabetes Mellitus Type 1'. ED-DMT1 is a very serious eating disorder, which is sadly not recognised by any of the NHS guidelines, nor the DSM-IV.
It is characterised by an individual specifically manipulating their insulin injection with the aim of controlling their weight.
ED-DMT1 is more prevalent in females, although it is still seen in male sufferers, and it is thought that 40% of 15-30 year old's regularly omit insulin for the purpose of losing weight.
Despite not being recognised officially by the medical community, ED-DMT1 has devastating consequences for their sufferers, these include: organ failure, infertility, blindness, and even death sadly in far too many cases.
The leading charity working towards awareness for ED-DMT1 is 'DWED' (Diabetics with Eating Disorders) - please visit their page: DWED
Signs and Symptoms
"The disappointment I feel about myself is overwhelming, I just don't understand why I find it so difficult to control what I eat. I am also amazingly ashamed. The feelings I experience are all-consuming and the most over-powering feelings I have ever felt...I couldn't even begin to explain how powerful they are. I am so worried about people judging me, but my ultimate fear? People thinking I'm just fat and greedy. But I suppose I know really, that secretly eating, endless thoughts about food and how it affects everything I do, can't just be normal.
To me, it's no surprise that some people with Diabetes have ED's, and there is a link...I'm just shocked that the link is not recognised by more professionals. I know I'm not alone. And if I know that, why don't others?"