Are eating disorders more common among women with diabetes?

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Research suggests that eating disorders are probably more common among women with diabetes than women who do not have diabetes. Bulimia is the most common eating disorder in women with type 1 diabetes. Among women with type 2 diabetes, binge eating is more common.

Because both diabetes and eating disorders involve attention to body states, weight management and control of food, some people develop a pattern in which they use the disease to justify or camouflage the disorder. People with diabetes and eating disorders are likely to have more episodes of diabetic ketoacidosis (type 1 diabetes) and hypoglycemia, and their A1C levels tend to be higher. They are also at higher risk for diabetes complications because their blood glucose is high.

Because the complications of diabetes and eating disorders can be serious or even fatal, responsible, healthy behavior is essential.

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