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Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating Symptoms in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes

Pediatric Clinic, Università degli Studi di Perugia, Piazza Menghini 1, 06129 Perugia, Italy
Department of Experimental Medicine, Università degli Studi di Perugia, 06129 Perugia, Italy
Pediatric Highly Intensive Care Unit, Università degli Studi di Milano, Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, 20122 Milan, Italy
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Nutrients 2017, 9(8), 906;
Received: 21 June 2017 / Revised: 10 August 2017 / Accepted: 17 August 2017 / Published: 19 August 2017
Eating problems in adolescents with type 1 diabetes (T1D) can be divided into two groups. The first includes the diagnosed eating disorders (EDs), i.e., diseases specifically identified by defined signs and symptoms for which a degree of severity has been established, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, pica, and rumination. The second is the group of disordered eating symptoms (DES), which include behaviors such as dieting for weight loss, binge eating, self-induced vomiting, excessive exercise, and laxative or diuretic use; these behaviors cannot be categorized as complete diseases, and, although apparently mild, they must be closely evaluated because they can evolve into true EDs. In this review, present knowledge about the clinical relevance of EDs and DES and the possible preventive and therapeutic measures used to reduce their impact on the course of T1D will be discussed. As adolescents with diabetes are at higher risk of eating disturbances and consequently for higher rates of disease complications, care providers should pay attention to clinical warning signs that raise suspicion of disturbed eating to refer these patients early to an expert in nutrition and mental health disorders. To ensure the best care for adolescents with T1D, diabetes teams should be multidisciplinary and include a pediatric diabetologist, a skilled nurse, a dietician, and a psychologist. View Full-Text
Keywords: adolescents; disordered eating symptoms; eating disorders; type 1 diabetes adolescents; disordered eating symptoms; eating disorders; type 1 diabetes
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Toni, G.; Berioli, M.G.; Cerquiglini, L.; Ceccarini, G.; Grohmann, U.; Principi, N.; Esposito, S. Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating Symptoms in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes. Nutrients 2017, 9, 906.

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