Women with type 1 diabetes are resorting to diabulimia at “shockingly high rates,” according the lead author of a study in the March issue of the journal Diabetes Care.

That means the women give themselves less insulin than they need or skip doses. The reason: Insulin has been linked to weight gain. Yes, that’s right, the pressure to be thin has metastasized into even this now.

Apparently, diabulimic women are three times more likely to die than those who take insulin properly. They also die much younger (45 years of age compared to 58), and have higher rates of kidney disease and foot problems.

The American researchers are calling for immediate screening of this behaviour in diabetes patients. 

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