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Diabetes and eating disorders

Discussion in 'Eating disorders and diabetes' started by t1bec, Nov 14, 2017.

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How many people have manipulated their insulin to lose weight? Have you?

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    37.5%
  2. No

    62.5%
  1. t1bec

    t1bec Type 1 · Member

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    Hi, im Rebecca
    Im new to this site and wondering if anybody else is experiencing the same sort of feelings i am?
    I am a type 1 diabetic and I have been struggling recently o inject myself due to feeling self conscious of my weight. I have always had some issues surrounding my weight due to fluctuating weight, however where as I used to maintain low weight by not eating as much, the focus for me has now turned to reducing my insulin. I'm worried and I have consulted my doctor however I wanted to see if anybody else has these feelings? and I find it difficult to speak about how im feeling to friends etc as they don't really know the true extent to how it feels to be diabetic.
    Thankyou
    Rebecca <3
     
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  2. Juicyj

    Juicyj Type 1 · Moderator
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  3. t1bec

    t1bec Type 1 · Member

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    Yes please.
    That would be brilliant if you could move my post over to there?
    Thankyou
    :)
     
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  4. Juicyj

    Juicyj Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hi @t1bec Moved now :)

    Am tagging @asortafairytale for you, as I said they pop in from time to time so not sure how quickly you will get a response.

    I hope you do get some support, ideally having a focus on staying well and healthy so that your t1 doesn't impact your life now or later is something to aim for, I know there's alot of pressure to be slim so I hope you find your way with this so that you reach a happy medium and stay well x
     
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  5. t1bec

    t1bec Type 1 · Member

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    Thankyou for your support, help and kind words. I hope you are well yourself
    :)
     
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    novorapidboi26 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I haven't experienced this personally but was curious to know....

    If you were not diabetic would you consider other harmful, more conventional means to lose weight....?
     
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  7. t1bec

    t1bec Type 1 · Member

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    In the past I have cut the amount I ate and gone without food and only water etc.
     
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    novorapidboi26 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    That's not generally harmful though.....I was curious to see if you were tempted to make yourself sick....

    As I understand it diabulimia is a mental health problem just like the other disorders out there.....so trying to nip it in the bud early would be what I would be wanting to do...

    I hope your OK...
     
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  9. Juicyj

    Juicyj Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hi @t1bec I appreciate it's not a conversation you probably want to have with friends - but what about talking to your Diabetic Nurse or Consultant ? I can imagine it's quite an isolating issue to deal with so speaking to a healthcare professional will give you an idea of what support is available in your trust.
     
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  10. t1bec

    t1bec Type 1 · Member

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    I am due to go for an appointment today with my doctor regarding this issue.
    Thankyou for your support and being so understanding :)
     
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    himtoo Type 1 · Moderator
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    hi there @t1bec
    welcome to the forum !!:)
    i just want to say well done for being so brave and posting here.
    hopefully you will get some assitance from our DWED team.

    I have my fingers crossed for you - we all need people in our lives who understand us , and we have a good bunch of people here.
    do keep posting - really glad to have you on our team !!
    x
     
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    Juicyj Type 1 · Moderator
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    Good luck with today @t1bec Let us know how you get on ?
     
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  13. jacqfromdwed

    jacqfromdwed Type 1 · DWED Support

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    Hi Rebecca

    I'm Jacq and I run DWED, just wanted to reach out to you to let you know that you are absolutely not alone. Around 40% of t1 women struggle with insulin omission and by the age of 25, 60% will have experienced a clinically diagnosable eating disorder. If you go onto the dwed website we have different resources for you to print out and take to your appointments. We are also doing live chats from next week where we can support you in a live environment.
     
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  14. t1bec

    t1bec Type 1 · Member

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    Thankyou for your support everyone. It really means a lot... I have just got back from the doctors now and they have put me in touch with specialists for eating disorders...
    Thankyou again for everything you’re all so lovely
    <3
     
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    emmacheasty Type 1 · Member

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    Dear Bec,

    You are definitely not alone!
    I have just joined the forum. I have had T1 for 34 years and suffered with issues regarding weight, eating and insulin omission for 20 years, it was something i have always been honest about however despite being an educated girl...i never thought it was an eating disorder until my new diabetic nurse came out with it this week at my appointment! It has opened a whole world of emotions and thought....well done for being brave and voicing whats going on.... i am hoping this forum will give us the help and support we need.....its long overdue

    Ems x
     
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    Samanthakate Type 1 · Member

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    Hey,

    I absolutely know how you feel, I have been type 1 since march this year and had just come out of dance school so already had issues with food, when I finally started having insulin again I put on about 2 stone in weight, I felt similar to you in that I felt scared of putting any weight back on and still sometimes do!!

    The most important thing you need to remember is your health, it's not worth risking any more severe health problems from not taking your insulin. Also I don't know how much it effects you but I remember the feeling of constant high blood sugar being terrible!

    As a type 1, insulin isn't an option, it's so essential and I promise that feeling will get better! If it doesn't then you may need to see a professional for help. I still get that feeling every now and then but It's no way near as bad as it was in march. Try and be kind to yourself!

    I had some counselling and it really helped me to get out all of my frustrations to someone who wasn't going to judge me. It helped me to work out where those feelings were coming from, this might be useful to you too?

    Stay strong; you're doing well in reaching out!
     
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  17. t1bec

    t1bec Type 1 · Member

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    Thankyou for being so kind and understanding I just wanted to speak to people who were experiencing a similar thing because I thought I was alone, it’s very isolating sometimes.
    Thankyou again xx
     
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    Donna1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi i am diabetic but also work in mental health with eating disorders. I would be speaking to someone in your health care team about this before it takes over and out of control x
     
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  19. lalacakez

    lalacakez Type 1 · Active Member

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    Omg yes I've had type 1 for 3 years my sw was out of range and i started skipping injections but worked out and ate what I wanted i was currently in better range but then i started to try being healthy working out and taking my insulin I'm out of range my goal was to get very slim but now I'm out of range again honestly I didn't care before if i was going to be blind and die at least I felt I would be looking fabulous


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    Key_master_ Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @lalacakez ive noticed a few of your posts this morning. Some are quite concerning, you seem like you have the drive to change your diabetes. I noticed what you are eating also on one of your posts. If you want to lose weight and gain good control of your diabetes check out doctor Bernstein’s approach. His YouTube channel changed my life. I am now in the best shape ever, muscle in places I’ve never seen it before, defined figure and bags of energy. My hb1 is 34 and I’m now in non diabetic ranges most of the day.

    Here’s a link to his YouTube channel

     
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