When Eating Disorders and Diabetes Collide

National Eating Disorders Awareness week highlights the movement toward inclusivity of all individuals and communities who are affected by eating disorders. Eating Disorders Awareness week is an opportunity to start the conversation around eating disorders, to learn, connect with others, share stories, and get support. So what is an eating disorder anyway? First, eating disorders are NOT a lifestyle choice. They are complex mental illnesses with serious medical complications and can be life threatening. It is estimated that 20 million women and 10 million men in America will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Eating disorders do not discriminate, as they affect people of all ages, race, ethnicity, body sizes and genders. We don’t know for sure what causes an eating disorder, but there seems to be biological, psychological, and social risk factors that combine to form the perfect storm for an eating disorder to develop. These include, but are not limited to the following: Diabetes and Eating Disorders Diabetes is a chronic illness with treatment that involves reading food labels, counting carbohydrates, focusing on portion sizes, and maintaining a healthy body weight. Along with a diabetes diagnosis comes an increased risk of mental health issues like anxiety and depression, which may contribute to feeling [...]

2021-01-28T22:51:38-05:00February 22nd, 2019|Awareness, Eating Disorder|

Diabetes and Mental Health

November is National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country bring attention to the impact diabetes has on Americans - including the relationship between diabetes and depression. A day in the life Living with diabetes requires daily physical and emotional demands. The idea that diabetes can be managed simply by eating healthier and exercising more is a myth. Yes, eating nutritious foods and enjoying physical movement is good for the heart, soul, and for diabetes management; but there is so much more to living healthy with diabetes. It’s a daily balancing act between all the things that raise blood sugar and those that lower blood sugar, including food, medication, alcohol, physical activity, and stress. Not to mention hormones, sleep, illness, hydration, altitude, insulin gone bad, and so much more. People with diabetes have to constantly sort through mixed messages around food choices. They have to navigate insurance coverage for frequent healthcare visits and diabetes supplies, which can be time-consuming, frustrating and expensive. The list goes on. It’s no wonder that diabetes increases a person’s risk for depression and other mental health issues. "People with diabetes are 2 to 3 times more likely to have depression than those without diabetes." - National Institute of Health Mental health There is a close link between diabetes and mental health. The constant [...]

2018-11-09T13:29:41-05:00November 9th, 2018|Depression, Eating Disorder|
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