Eating Disorder Treatment for Diabetes
Diabetes continues to be a major health threat to 34.2 million people (10.5% of the US population). Complications from diabetes can affect many parts of the body, including but not limited to the kidneys, heart and eyes. The risk of complications markedly increases when those with diabetes develop an eating disorder.
What Does Diabetes Support Include?
The experience of living with diabetes may heighten a person’s anxiety about food and health, which impacts effective treatment of and recovery from an eating disorder. With this in mind, Renfrew’s support for patients with diabetes includes:
- Medical collaboration with your diabetes team
- Interactive diabetes workbook
- Oversight from a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
- Individualized menus
- Chronic illness support
The Renfrew Center’s Diabetes Program
The Renfrew Center’s Unified Treatment Model for Eating Disorders® has been adapted to assist those with diabetes to identify, experience, tolerate, and express emotions within the context of the physical sensations related to blood glucose levels, cognitions around food and health, and emotions associated with living with a chronic health condition.
Individualized treatment goals are developed in collaboration with a multidisciplinary treatment team and referring professionals.
Nutrition & Blood Glucose
A phased approach to diabetes care is designed to provide more accountability and support related to consistent blood glucose monitoring. A variety of well-balanced meals and snacks are provided to help reach individualized blood sugar goals.
Exposure work relating to food, body image and social issues helps patients gain the skills and confidence to address the emotional factors that contribute to their eating disorder.
Building awareness of the emotional distress that has led to disruptive eating patterns or poor diabetes management throughout treatment is the key to long-term recovery.
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