Type 1 Girls Linked to Abnormal Eating Patterns

Eating disturbances, though mostly mild, were significantly more common in preteen and early-teenage girls with type 1 diabetes.

That was the conclusion of Patricia Colton, MD, and colleagues at the department of psychiatry at the University of Toronto in Ontario Canada.

Colton says that screening and prevention programs for this high-risk group should begin in the preteen years.

A study of 101 girls with type 1, ages 9 through 14 years, and 303 age-matched, female nondiabetic control subjects was conducted.

The researchers discovered that both binge eating and the use of intense, excessive exercise for weight control were more common in girls with type 1.

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