Eating Disorders & Type 1 Diabetes
Studies show that people with type 1 diabetes are more likely to develop an eating disorder. An eating disorder can cause someone with diabetes to mismanage their condition by skipping meals, eating too much, restricting the amount of insulin they take or stopping their insulin altogether. This can result in serious health problems like diabetic ketoacidosis, vision problems or other conditions.
At Melrose Center, we know that your recovery is possible. We’ve successfully treated eating disorders for over 35 years. Our psychologists, psychiatrists, medical doctors, registered dietitians and other specialists are leaders in specialized care for people with type 1 diabetes and an eating disorder. We work closely with
Eating disorders affect each person differently. Most signs and symptoms of depend on the type of
- An increase in Hemoglobin A1C (blood sugar)
- Changes in eating patterns
- Not regularly testing blood glucose levels
- Repeated hospitalizations for diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA)
- Skipping insulin
- Weight fluctuations
The word “diabulimia” is a media-coined term used to describe a combination of “diabetes” and “bulimia.” However, people with type 1 diabetes can develop any type of eating disorder, not just bulimia. A dual diagnosis of
Up to a third of women with type 1 diabetes struggle with diabulimia. It’s even more common among women ages 15 to 30.
If you’re concerned you might have an eating disorder, the first step is to come in for an initial assessment at Melrose Center. An initial assessment is an appointment where you’ll meet with one of our licensed psychologists and/or a primary care clinician. During the appointment, we’ll talk to you about your symptoms and behaviors, do a physical exam and answer your questions. At the end of the appointment, we’ll be able to determine whether you have an eating disorder and recommend the next steps in your treatment plan.
If you are diagnosed with an eating disorder, you’ll speak with one of our care managers. Our care managers will answer questions you have about treatment and help you schedule your next appointments.
You can schedule an initial assessment by calling
At Melrose Center, our specialized care for people with eating disorders and type 1 diabetes includes
- One-on-one appointments with endocrinologists, certified diabetes educators (CDE), dietitians and psychologists.
- Diabetes education groups facilitated by a CDE where patients can connect with other people with similar conditions, learn more about diabetes and practice healthy skills.
- Group meals where many people with type 1 diabetes can work on carbohydrate counting, portion control and proper insulin doses with the guidance of a CDE.
- Core strategy and recovery groups where patients can learn how to balance normal eating habits and diabetes management. Activities include group meals, therapy and education.
Each person responds to treatment differently. We’ll work with you to develop a unique treatment plan to help you successfully heal from your eating disorder.
No, you can make an appointment at Melrose Center without a referral. If it’s your first appointment with us, we’ll help you schedule an initial assessment. During an initial assessment, you’ll meet with one of our licensed psychologists and/or primary care clinicians. If you’re diagnosed with an eating disorder, we’ll help you schedule the next steps in your treatment and start working on an individualized treatment plan.
To schedule an appointment, please call
We accept most health insurance plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, CIGNA, HealthPartners, Medica, Medicare, PreferredOne and many others.