From Fresno, California, USA:
My 13 year old daughter (diagnosed at age five) is losing weight rapidly. I know she is anorexic. I don't want to send her to the hospital. Is there a place to send a person who has diabetes and an eating disorder?
Your daughter needs help before her eating disorder endangers her life. The combination of an eating disorder and diabetes can be deadly. The most effective treatment for anorexia is a psychiatric hospitalization at a facility that specializes in teens with eating disorders. Often times, teens are then transitioned to a day-treatment program, and then to outpatient therapy. Successful treatment also always involves active family participation in therapy. Ask your diabetes team about the facilities in your community that specialize in eating disorders, and get your daughter the help she needs as soon as possible.
Additional comments from Dr. Stuart Brink:Talk to your diabetes team -- they can help -- don't ignore the problem until it becomes an emergency situation.
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:12
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2016. Comments and Feedback.