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Diabulimia (ED-DMT1)

A combination of the terms diabetes and bulimia, Diabulimia involves the deliberate administration of insufficient insulin for the purpose of weight loss. In addition to withholding insulin, people with Type 1 diabetes who struggle with this condition sometimes also have other disordered eating behaviors such as purging or other unhealthy eating habits.

If you or someone you love is struggling with the behaviors associated with Diabulimia, we’re here to help.  

Warning Signs

  • High blood sugar levels
  • Sugar in your urine
  • Dehydration
  • Muscle loss
  • Confusion
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis
  • Numbness in hands and feet
  • Damage to blood vessels in eyes
  • Wounds slow to heal
  • Abnormal electrolytes
  • Manipulation of insulin to influence weight
overall healing
Treating Diabulimia

Our multidisciplinary team is committed to upholding clinical excellence while providing compassionate care for every patient seeking treatment at Focus. Care with us utilizes the following therapeutic framework: 

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Trauma-informed care (EMDR)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Health at Every Size (HAES) aligned/non-diet approach
  • Art therapy
  • Dance/movement therapy
  • Equine therapy
  • Adventure programming
  • Yoga, meditation, & mindfulness
  • Psychoeducation and skill building groups
    • Body image
    • Emotion regulation
    • Shame resilience and self-compassion
    • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
    • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Family therapy and support
  • Relapse prevention and early discharge planning for sustained recovery

We care.

Why Focus?

Helping others find healing and recovery is our passion and life’s work. We work together to create a safe and compassionate treatment environment for everyone who walks through our doors.
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We're experienced.

Why Focus?

Our experienced and multidisciplinary team is made up of doctors, therapists, dietitians, nurses, and support staff who are great at what they do. We’re wholly committed to providing the best possible care.
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We've been there too.

Why Focus?

Many of us are walking our own paths of recovery. That means we understand your struggles first hand because many of us have experienced the same adversities ourselves. We believe this insight helps us better support you.
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A Program That Meets Your Needs

Seeking treatment is a big step, and we’re here to help you find the right program for you or your loved one. Learn more about our program offerings through the link below.


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