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What is the most common eating disorder seen in women with diabetes?

Bulimia (the binge and purge disorder) is the most common eating disorder in women with type 1 diabetes.

For women with type 2 diabetes, binge eating is more common.

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According to Michele D. Levine, MS, and Marsha D. Marcus, PhD (Women, Diabetes, and Disordered Eating)  ...The prevalence of eating disorders among insulin dependent diabetics is estimated to be two to six times higher than in the general population. Up to 25% of females with insulin dependent diabetes may have a diagnosable eating disorder. Although having diabetes has not been shown to cause eating disorders, the condition may increase the risk of developing them.

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The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest not-for-profit organization in the United States working to prevent eating disorders and provide treatment referrals to those suffering from eating disorders.

 ..."Women with subclinical eating disorders, who did not have weight loss or diagnosable eating pathology but did have abnormal eating attitudes, had a highly significant incidence of menstrual abnormalities (93.4% vs. 11.7% control group)."   1989 Psychosom Med 51;1:81-6, Kreipe, R. E., Strauss, J., Hodgman, C. H., and Ryan, R. M.


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Eating Disorders - Famous People with Eating Disorders
Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia, Binge Eating

Celebtrities that have battled anorexia, bulimia, or other
disordered eating problems

The following lists celebrities and famous persons that have publically acknowledged battling with some sort of eating disorder.  Names list in bold blue indicates the person died from complications of their eating disorder.

Paula Abdul
Christine Alt
Magali Amadei
Fiona Apple
The Barbie Twins
Justine Bateman
Victoria Beckham
Helga Brathen (gymnast)
Karen Carpenter
Catherine Colby
Courtney Cox
Sandra Dee
Johnny Deep (self-injury)
Princess Diana of Whales
Kate Dillon
Elisa Donovan
Elton John
Sally Field
Calista Flockhart
Jane Fonda
Cynthia French
Uri Geller
Tracey Gold
Melanie Griffith
Heidi Guenther
Geri Halliwell ("Ginger Spice")
Amy Heckerling
Audrey Hepburn
Christy Henrich

Catherine Hickland
Marya Hornbacher
Whitney Houston
Barbara Hutton
Janet Jackson
Daniel Johns (singer)
Michael Krasnow
Anne Lamont
Dawn Langstroth
Joyce Maynard
Cheryl Boone O'Neill
Barbara Niven
Mary-Kate Olsen
Dolores O'Rirdon (singer)
Marie Osmond
Carre Otis
Leila Pahlavi
Dolly Parton
Elvis Presley
Molly Jong-Fast
Gilda Radner
Christina Ricci
Cathy Rigby
Joan Rivers
Deborah Schnelle
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Richard Simmons
Michaela Strachan
Courtney Thorne-Smith
Billy Bob Thornton
Oprah Winfrey
Naomi Wolfe
Princess Victoria
Lena Zavaroni reports:

"A recent study published in the April 2005 American Journal of Psychiatry showed how frequently a person crosses over from anorexia nervosa to bulimia nervosa and vice versa. This small study showed that patients with anorexia nervosa switched to bulimia nervosa 36% percent of the time within 15 years, while persons with bulimia nervosa developed anorexia nervosa 27% of the time. This new information may shed some light on possible reasons for treatment failure and how to improve outcomes in these patients. As of now, more studies with more patients are needed to truly understood how interconnected these two conditions are. "


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