Diabulimia is an eating disorder in which people with Type 1 diabetes deliberately reduce insulin treatment for the purpose of weight loss. The body goes into a starvation state, resulting in breakdown of muscle and fat into ketone bodies and subsequently ketoacids. The body is unable to process sugars that have been consumed, so the sugars are excreted rather than being used by the body for energy or stored as fat. This typically results in significant weight loss but also places the patient at risk of a life-threatening condition known as diabetic ketoacidosis.
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