Diabulimia (Skipping Insulin to Slim Down) Increases Morbidity and Mortality

CNN first mentioned “diabulimia” last June:

"Like many teenage girls, Lee Ann Thill was obsessed with her appearance. Then one day at a camp for diabetic teens, she heard counselors chew out two girls for practicing “diabulimia” — not taking their insulin so they could lose weight, one of the consequences of uncontrolled diabetes..."

Not surprisingly, a study published in Diabetes Care shows that women who restrict insulin face higher mortality and morbidity. The study authors also proposed a screening question for diabulimia asking patients to answer true or false to the statement, “I take less insulin than I should.”

In the world of medical journals, Web 2.0 is here to stay -- Diabetes Care prominently features several social bookmarking tools with each articles. A comment section is still missing however.

Morbidity and Mortality in Women with Type 1 Diabetes. Ann E. Goebel-Fabbri et al. Diabetes Care.
Diabulimia: Skipping Insulin to Slim Down. Clinical Cases and Images - Blog.
Women who restrict insulin face higher mortality, morbidity. ACP Internist Weekly.
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