Divabetic’s podcast focuses on the warning signs of a disordered eating behavior related to diabetes known as Eating Disorder-Diabetes Mellitus Type 1 (ED-DMT1), or more commonly referred to as ‘diabulimia.’
ED-DMT1 is the life-threatening combination and the unhealthy practice of withholding insulin to manipulate or lose weight. People suffering from ED-DMT1 may exhibit eating disorder behaviors, or they may only manipulate their insulin and otherwise have normal eating patterns.
This risky practice can have catastrophic health consequences ranging from blindness and nerve disorders to kidney failure and diabetic ketoacidosis (an acidic buildup in the blood resulting from inadequate insulin levels).
Unfortunately, ED-DMT1 is vastly underdiagnosed. Therefore, the first step in treating this dangerous disorder is understanding the causes and symptoms.
In this scripted scene, two good friends are shopping for bridesmaid’s dresses. Their candid conversation highlights some common warning signs of disordered behaviors. A roundtable discussion immediately follows the scene to offer further insight and resources.
PODCAST GUESTS: Asha Brown, the founder of the organization, We Are Diabetes (wearediabetes.org), Trisha Artman, the owner of Coach The Cure (coachthecure.com), Dana Roseman MPH, CDCES, RDN, LDN, the Director of Technology and Applied Research at Integrated Diabetes Services, and Divabetic’s Patricia Addie-Gentle RN, CDCES.
Divabetic® (divabetic.org) is a national nonprofit diabetes outreach organization committed to changing attitudes in people at risk, affected by and living with diabetes. We strive to encourage prevention, early action, and above all, education. Check out our free monthly podcasts (available on iTunes and BlogTalkRadio) and our free Zoom outreach programs.
Divabetic® was inspired by the late R & B legend, Luther Vandross, and created and founded by his long-time assistant, Max Szadek. Divabetic®, a combination of the word ‘diabetic’ with the letter ‘V’ inserted for Vandross, evokes feelings of power and the positive attitude associated with the great DIVAS Luther loved like Patti LaBelle.