by Dr. Reeja Tharu on  March 14, 2013 at 12:40 PM Health Watch
Individuals with type 1 diabetes who refuse to take their regular insulin shots are unnecessarily risking their lives.

Type 1 diabetes is an auto immune disease in which the body of an individual attacks and destroys the insulin- producing pancreatic cells.

Insulin is a hormone which is required to break down glucose from food and convert it into glycogen to be stored as energy. In the absence of insulin this cannot be done, therefore, glucose levels in the blood shoots and this can destroy the blood vessels and other body parts.

Also, when the body cannot get glucose from sugars, it tries to break down fat and protein for the same. However these processes involve the formation of "ketone bodies" which are toxic by- products. Accumulation of ketone bodies could lead to consequences such as blindness or even death.

Unlike type 2 diabetes, which is lifestyle dependant, type I diabetes begins from childhood and the affected individuals need to be administered insulin all their life.

Insulin jabs can cause weight gain, especially in those whom the disease has been recently diagnosed and who are likely to have lost weight before the diagnosis.

With the latest fad for size zero many women prefer to skip their insulin shots. Apparently young women between the ages of 15-30, who are diabetics, are foregoing their insulin jabs to prevent weight gain and are showing symptoms of eating disorders. This phenomenon is being referred to as "diabulemia."

Of course this can help with weight loss but what they little know is that such a move is likely to cause them kidney damage, blindness or even death.

Diabulemia is so widespread that it is being seen as a mental health condition, just like anorexia and bulimia.

Reports claim that Type 1 diabetics are two and a half times more likely to develop eating problems in comparison to other women. If left untreated, the consequences can be disastrous.

Marking diabulemia as a mental health condition is a welcome move as it not only helps to create awareness but would also aid the sufferers to get more help to identify and address their problem.

Source: Medindia

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