Diabulimia - Eating Disorder

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Type 1 diabetes is a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. People with this disease produce little or no insulin, so they take shots of insulin daily. Without an external source of insulin, a patient will not survive. Type 1 diabetes most often manifests at a young age in children and young adults. Young patients with type1 diabetes have many issues to deal with. There is the issue of dealing with a chronic illness and the fear that goes along with learning about the potential complications. Many younger patients also have issues with body image. "My injection sites make me look lumpy". "This whole needle thing is disgusting - look at my bruises". "I have diabetes - my body is different from everyone else's."

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/9/2014