Is there a good resource for type 1 diabetes and eating disorders? I'd prefer to find some support locally, but I am having trouble finding support in general.
Some evidence suggests that eating disorders are more common in women who have diabetes than in women without diabetes. Eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder (or compulsive eating). Eating disorders in and of themselves are serious and can lead to a number of health issues; having diabetes on top of this can lead to swings in blood glucose and an increased risk for diabetic complications. Eating disorders are best treated with a team approach. Your “team” would likely include your primary care physician and/or your endocrinologist, a behavioral health specialist who has experience in treating eating disorders (this could be a psychiatrist, psychologist or social worker) and a dietitian. If you’re having trouble finding the right kind of help, here are a few resources to contact for more information: Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (www.mediainc.org), Eating Disorder Hope (www.eatingdisorderhope.com) and the National Eating Disorders Association (www.nationaleatingdisorders.org). These organizations should be able to provide you with information on how to get support and find an appropriate program.