Recovering from an eating disorder is always challenging, but for patients with a dual diagnosis of type 1 diabetes and an eating disorder (ED-DMT1) finding a treatment center that understands their unique needs can be that much harder. Patients must be treated with both traditional eating disorder techniques, such as therapy and self-acceptance, and with adaptations to address their specific diabetes-related needs. For example, a person living with type 1 diabetes requires access to their food’s nutritional content – something which is not part of standard eating disorder treatments - and needs constant blood sugar monitoring.
In order for someone with type 1 diabetes to accept the help that a treatment center offers there must be a well trained and educated staff that not only have an understanding of someone suffering from an eating disorder, but have an understanding of the complex of factors that a person with type 1 diabetes must consider when eating a meal or taking an insulin injection. Not every treatment facility has the ability to treat someone with type 1 diabetes and an eating disorder. Some centers may claim that they have had experience with diabetes but may not actually provide all of the integral components needed for a successful recovery.
The treatment process for co-occurring diabetes and an eating disorder requires a multidisciplinary approach, with highly trained staff who are capable of managing the physical and emotional complexities that arise during the recovery process.
Our Treatment Affiliates are among the top rated treatment facilities in the country, and are all fully capable of supporting a Type 1 diabetic who is struggling with an eating disorder. If you or a loved one is considering seeking treatment, we highly recommend that you start your search with the programs listed here.