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From Glasgow, Scotland, UK:

In someone who has anorexic tendencies and eats very little, can diabetes exist undetected for a long time? Or, would the disease be evident and easily identified?


I think you are implying that "anorexic tendencies" may put less pressure on the pancreatic beta cells and therefore delay the presentation of type 1 (autoimmune) diabetes mellitus. I know of no data to support this and, theoretically, ketone and counter-regulatory hormone production on account of inadequate food intake may actually precipitate diagnosis.


Original posting 8 Jul 2004
Posted to Other and Behavior


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