advertisement
 

  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team
Question:

From Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA:

I have had type 1 diabetes for over 20 years, and I'm sure I have an eating disorder. I used to go between restricting and bingeing/purging, but now it seems it's a full-fledged compulsive eating disorder with some very short lived periods of restriction. I've been considering the gastric bypass surgery as I'm medically deemed morbidly obese.

I'm considering the surgery more and more because I'm noticing my inability to do some physical activities (such as a flight of stairs without getting winded, or having my pulse sky high) more and more. I also know that this surgery won't "cure" my disordered eating, but I really believe it will be a great starting point for the recovery, not to mention help me stop doing things like purposely running my sugar high for days on end because I know lack of insulin can (very dangerously) aid in quick weight loss. How safe is the procedure for someone with type 1 diabetes who has no complications?

Answer:

My suggestion to you is that you need to sort this out further. Most centers that perform surgery for weight loss require an evaluation by a mental health professional, a medical evaluation, and the surgical evaluation.

I would suggest you need to have better blood sugar control, not have an active problem with your eating disorder, and I would not use the surgery as a beginning. Rather, it should be used if exercise, diet, and other medical attempts are unsuccessful.

JTL

DTQ-20020618103635
Original posting 5 Jul 2002
Posted to Weight and Weight Loss and Behavior

  
advertisement


                 
  Home Return to Top

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:36
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.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2015. Comments and Feedback.