Eating Disorder – Diabulimia – Symptoms

These are the short term symptoms of patients with diabulimia

  • Constant urination
  • Constant thirst
  • Excessive appetite
  • High blood glucose levels (often over 600)
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Large amounts of glucose in the urine
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Electrolyte disturbance
  • Severe ketonuria, and, in DKA, severe ketonemia
  • Low sodium levels

Medium term :

These are the medium term symptoms of patients with diabulimia. They are prevalent when diabulimia has not been treated and hence also includes the short term symptoms

  • Muscle atrophy
  • GERD
  • Indigestion
  • Severe weight loss
  • Proteinuria
  • Moderate to severe dehydration
  • Edema with fluid replacement
  • High cholesterol
  • Death

Long term :

If a person with Type 1 diabetes with diabulimia is still alive after a medium term – which is usually due to phases where insulin is injected and phases of diabulimia (also known as a relapse) – then the following symptoms can also be expected:

  • Severe kidney damage
  • Blindness
  • Severe neuropathy
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Edema (during blood sugars controlled phases)
  • Heart problems
  • High cholesterol
  • Osteoporosis