‘Diabulimia’ – Type 1 diabetes disordered eating

In March 2019 NHS England launched two pilot services in London and the South Coast to tackle Type 1 diabetes disordered eating(T1DE), previously referred to as diabulimia. Although T1DE is not yet formally recognised as a medical or psychiatric disorder, it is being increasingly recognised in both academic literature and social media and occurs when young people with type 1 diabetes, usually aged between 15 and 30, restrict their insulin intake in order to lose weight. Restricting insulin can lead to serious health complications such as stroke, kidney failure, and blindness. In some instances it can be fatal.

Responding to growing awareness of the condition, NHS England announced earlier this year that it will pilot two services joining up treatment for diabetes and mental ill health. These two pilot services, which mark a major step forward in the improved recognition of the condition, have already commenced work and if successful, more services will be rolled out across the country.

During this session, delegates will hear from Health Care Professionals involved in each of the projects, gain an understanding of the challenges involved in setting up the projects as well as learn how the work is beginning to make a positive impact in the lives of those affected by this complex combination of conditions.

Learning outcomes:

  • To examine why people with severe mental illness are at increased risk of diabetes
  • To explain what steps need to put in place to reduce the risk of diabetes in people with severe mental illness
  • To discuss why screening for diabetes and the barriers to diagnosis
  • To assess how best to manage diabetes in people with severe mental illness

Tuesday 29 October 2019

17:30 - 18:10

Mental Health & Wellbeing Zone

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Person living with Type 1 diabetes
Consultant Diabetologist, Royal Bournemouth Hospital
Consultant Psychiatrist, Eating Disorders Service, Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust
BSc; MBBCh; MRCP (Diabetes & Endocrinology); PhD, NHS England T1DE