ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

On-and-off fasting helps fight obesity, study finds

Can Pomegranates Slow Aging?

Calorie restriction promotes longevity through effects on mitochondrial network

Eat Your Prunes

Discover Why Ashwagandha Can Be Used for Stress and Anxiety

Lower magnesium levels linked with increased mortality risk during up to 40 years of follow-up

A spoonful of oil: Fats and oils help to unlock full nutritional benefits of veggies, study suggests

Higher resveratrol dose linked to lower glucose levels in type 2 diabetics

How Can You Benefit From Vitamin B12?

Drug can dramatically reduce weight of people with obesity

 
Print Page
Email Article

Study Sheds Clues on Female Insulin Skippers

  [ 30 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
www.ProHealth.com • June 30, 2003


By Keith Mulvihill

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters Health) - Women with type 1 diabetes who show symptoms of bulimia, depression, illness-associated distress and high levels of blood glucose are more likely than other patients to be skipping insulin shots to keep weight off, new study findings suggest.

"This is incredibly dangerous behavior," said principal investigator Dr. Anne Goebel-Fabbri of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

"We know from previous research in this area that women who skip insulin for weight control reasons have much higher rates of the catastrophic complications of diabetes, including eye and kidney disease," she added.

In type1 diabetes, the immune system launches a misguided attack against insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. People with this type of diabetes must take daily insulin injections to survive.

Previous studies have suggested that women with type 1 diabetes are more than twice as likely to have an eating disorder compared to women without diabetes. And about one third of these women say that at some point in their lives they have omitted insulin injections for weight control purposes.

Instead of self-induced vomiting as a means to purge calories, these women know that by neglecting to take insulin, their body will dump excess calories into their urine, instead of storing them in cells.

However, only about nine percent of the women actually fall into the category of having an eating disorder, according to Goebel-Fabbri.

In the new study, which was presented this week at the American Diabetes Association's annual meeting, Goebel-Fabbri and colleagues aimed to identify what factors drive insulin omission.

The researchers interviewed 400 women between the ages of 13 and 60 attending a diabetes clinic for routine care.

In all, 70 women admitted to omitting insulin injections for weight control purposes (so called "omitters") and 330 were not insulin omitters, Goebel-Fabbri told Reuters Health.

"What we found was that insulin omission is very strongly related to symptoms of bulimia nervosa, so it is, in and of itself, a symptom of bulimia nervosa," said Goebel-Fabbri.

Bulimia is an eating disorder in which people binge eat, then purge themselves by vomiting or taking laxatives.

A woman who was an insulin omitter was 1.4 times more likely to have symptoms of bulimia compared to a woman who did not skip insulin injections.

Other factors such as depression, body mass index, blood glucose levels and symptoms of diabetes-associated distress also appear to play a role.

"All taken together, these factors can be used to predict whether a woman is going to become an insulin omitter and so what it gives us now is different avenues to try to intervene," said Goebel-Fabbri.

"Most of these women are suffering in silence ... and they keep it a secret from their physicians and from their family that they are omitting and so they can't access adequate care," she added.

But these women need to know that having chronically high blood sugar from insulin skipping can damage tiny capillaries, leading to eye and kidney disease, explained Goebel-Fabbri.

With the results of this study, Goebel-Fabbri hopes doctors may be able to identify these women and teach them healthy ways of eating and exercising instead of avoiding insulin.



Post a Comment

Featured Products From the ProHealth Store
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg FibroSleep™ Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®


Article Comments



Be the first to comment on this article!

Post a Comment


 
Optimized Curcumin Longvida with Omega-3

Featured Products

Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil Ultra EPA - Fish Oil
Ultra concentrated source of essential fish oils
FibroSleep™ FibroSleep™
The All-in-One Natural Sleep Aid
Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®
Reduce Fatigue up to 45%
Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Vitamin D3 Extreme™
50,000 IU Vitamin D3 - Prescription Strength

Natural Remedies

Optimize Your Immune System Naturally: Thymic Protein A Optimize Your Immune System Naturally: Thymic Protein A
Herbal Inflammation Management for Whole Body Health Herbal Inflammation Management for Whole Body Health
Enhance Eyelashes Naturally Enhance Eyelashes Naturally
Natural Bladder Control, Go Less and Live More Natural Bladder Control, Go Less and Live More
The Super Antioxidant for Brain, Joint and Heart Health The Super Antioxidant for Brain, Joint and Heart Health

CONTACT US
ProHealth, Inc.
555 Maple Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(800) 366-6056  |  Email

· Become a Wholesaler
· Vendor Inquiries
· Affiliate Program
SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE
Credit Card Processing
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTERS
Get the latest news about Fibromyalgia, M.E/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease and Natural Wellness

CONNECT WITH US ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus

© 2017 ProHealth, Inc. All rights reserved. Pain Tracker App  |  Store  |  Customer Service  |  Guarantee  |  Privacy  |  Contact Us  |  Library  |  RSS  |  Site Map