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Managing Diabetes And Eating Disorders

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Young people are under more pressure than ever to look a certain way, or have a certain body shape.

For a boy that means developing a six pack and if you are a girl you could be forgiven to feel that you have to be stick thin.

This seems to be confirmed by the statistic that 85% of people with an eating disorder are female.

The pressure to have the right body shape is immense and in a study of students recently, 60% said they had dieted in the past year whilst only 9% had a body mass index over 25, with 20-25 being considered normal.

The two most common forms of eating disorders are bulimia and anorexia.

The difference between the two disorders is that anorexia is where the sufferer eats very very little, and bulimia is where the sufferer eats to excess, and then makes themselves sick. Combine either with diabetes and you have a dangerous combination.

Diabetes means keeping one’s blood glucose levels within certain limits. It is usually the case that diabetes results in blood glucose levels being too high, which can cause blindness, foot amputations and kidney failure. Where the patient becomes anorexic the body is not then getting the amount of food it needs to convert to blood glucose and the problem becomes one of too low blood sugars. If the anorexia persists, the only way the body can then receive the amount of sugar it needs is by intravenous drip in hospital. At that stage it is very important that the patient is helped to overcome their anorexia.

The side effects and consequences of anorexia are easy to see. In advanced cases the patient becomes emaciated and exhausted. This can be used as evidence of ill health to the patient, and makes professional councelling somewhat easier for the healthcare professional. Bulimia has no such side effects. In fact the patient will often put weight on, but resists taking their insulin as this also contributes to weight gain. This makes a cure for their bulimia harder to find, but absolutely vital nonetheless.

Being diabetic himself, Toby has endured some of the side effects of this disease including hypertension. Learning to play his Ibanez acoustic electric guitar has assisted Toby relax and he recommends taking up the Ibanez acoustic electric guitar to anyone who suffers from this diabetic condition.

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