19 Jul 2018

Young diabetics missing insulin shots in bid to lose weight

From Morning Report, 7:46 am on 19 July 2018

A third of young people with Type One diabetes are purposely not taking insulin, or are at risk of avoiding insulin in order to lose weight. The figure comes after a study by diabetes and eating disorders experts looked at 300 diabetic adolescents in Auckland and Waikato. The disorder - termed diabulimia - is not a recognised eating disorder, but health professionals are warning it's a major issue that needs to be addressed.