Article: Eating disorders (EDs) can disrupt blood glucose levels, impacting energy and overall well-being. 

Publié le 12/03/2024

By Marc Dellière

For instance, in the case of anorexia nervosa, inadequate food intake can lead to a drop in blood glucose levels, depriving the body of the energy needed to function properly. 

Conversely, episodes of binge eating or bulimia, where a person consumes excessive amounts of food then attempts to rid themselves of it, can disrupt blood glucose levels, affecting energy levels. 

Similarly, individuals with compulsive eating disorder may experience a rapid rise in blood glucose followed by a drop, resulting in feelings of fatigue or weakness. 

For those with diabetes, it's essential to monitor blood glucose levels and maintain a balanced diet to avoid fluctuations. 

However, eating disorders can make this challenging due to irregular eating behaviors. 

By enhancing awareness and understanding of eating disorders (EDs) and their effects on blood glucose and overall health, several measures can be implemented to support affected individuals. 

Public and healthcare professional awareness, early screening for ED signs, a multidisciplinary approach involving various healthcare specialists, individualized support tailored to each person's needs, promotion of balanced nutrition, and reduction of ED-related stigma are all crucial actions.

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Eating disorders and diabetes

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/emotions/eating-disorders-and-diabetes

Types of Eating Disorders

https://diabetes.org/health-wellness/mental-health/eating-disorders

Eating Disorders and Diabetes

https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/eating-disorders-and-diabetes/

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