One of the topics we’re focusing on this year is the fact that type one diabetics of all ages struggle with eating disorders. Although the media primarily focuses on teens and "twenty-somethings", a large percentage of adults also struggle with ED-DMT1. It can often be even harder for this population to make the decision to seek treatment; they have families, full time jobs and commitments that don’t allow for a lot of time for the self-care that is necessary for someone working on recovery. Many people above the age of 30 avoid eating disorder treatment because it normally caters to younger people. Older adults may feel also feel ashamed to be dealing with an eating disorder in this phase of their lives.
Fortunately, there are many treatment options beyond inpatient (if individuals are healthy enough to stay at home). Partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, or building up your own personalized recovery care-team (contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how to do this) are all options to consider. The most important thing for any adult T1D struggling with an eating disorder is to know is that there ARE options and that they are not alone!
NEDA has a lot of cool stuff to help support anyone who wishes to do their part to advocate and spread awareness this week - so make sure you check out all their resources!
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