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Acta Diabetologica

, Volume 36, Issue 1–2, pp 21–25 | Cite as

Eating disorders in adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus

  • A. Verrotti
  • M. Catino
  • F.A. De Luca
  • G. Morgese
  • F. Chiarelli
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Abstract

Although the causes of eating disorders remain unclear, epidemiological evidence suggests that peripubertal changes in body shape and weight predispose young women to develop unhealthy eating attitudes. A psychiatric diagnosis of an eating disorder can be made in up to 10% of young women with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (type 1 diabetes). Eating disorders, anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, pose a particularly serious risk to health in young diabetic people. Several features associated with type 1 diabetes and its treatment, such as weight gain, dietary restraint and food preoccupation, may predispose young diabetic women to develop a clinical or subclinical eating disorder. The coexistance of these conditions could lead to poor metabolic control and an increased risk of microvascular complications.

Key words Eating disorders Type 1 diabetes mellitus Adolescents Anorexia Bulimia 

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© Springer-Verlag Italia 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Verrotti
    • 1
  • M. Catino
    • 1
  • F.A. De Luca
    • 2
  • G. Morgese
    • 3
  • F. Chiarelli
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics, University of Chieti, Ospedale Policlinico, Via dei Vestini 5, I-66100 ChietiIT
  2. 2.Department of Pediatric, University of Messina, Messina, ItalyIT
  3. 3.Department of Pediatrics, University of Siena, Siena, ItalyIT

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