Giving a Voice to the Silence offers positive angles to the issue that faces those with mental illness. Living with Schizo-Affective Disorder and being able to share my experiences with others, is the best way I know how to pay it forward. Life can be difficult, my goal is to bring a bit of hope to a place where many feel there is none.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Diabulimics look for their voice to be heard

Diabetes is a common disease today, though some find it difficult to accept - this idea can have dire consequences.

The practice of skipping insulin shots, or using only partial doses had become widespread and been given a name,
"Diabulimic,” categorizing it along with anorexia and bulimia.

The beginning signs of Type 1 diabetes will be sudden and dramatic weight loss. While
this is a telltale sign, when insulin is prescribed, there is a tendency for
weight gain, not only gaining back the weight originally lost, but additional
pounds as well. For this reason many young women are making the choice to use only a minimum amount of insulin, enough to keep them “functioning.” The ease of this habit
makes it harder to monitor, as diabetics give themselves shots and can adjust their
dosage with no one’s knowledge. As the trend continues, doctors are forced to take notice and reach out to their patients, before they cause permanent damage to their body.

Because this is not an official disorder, Diabulimics are forming groups in cyber world, reaching out to each other, looking for answers, treatment and learning how to make their doctors and the medical world in general away that there is a problem. It seems, as with most illnesses and disorders, there is no real “light shed on it,” until someone dies or makes it famous.

A quote in the articles states, "This behavior is like playing Russian roulette with your health. It's almost like they're turning back the clock to a point in history when we didn't know that the consequences of diabetes were preventable."

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