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J Pediatr Health Care. 2017 May - Jun;31(3):327-333. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2016.10.004. Epub 2016 Nov 11.

Disordered Eating Behaviors in Emerging Adults With Type 1 Diabetes: A Common Problem for Both Men and Women.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Emerging adults (EA) with disordered eating behaviors (DEBs) and Type 1 diabetes (T1D) are at increased risk for severe complications of T1D, and these behaviors have been reported in EA women with T1D. Few studies, though, have included men. This study assessed the prevalence of DEB in both EA men and women with T1D.

METHODS:

DEB was measured with the diabetes-specific Diabetes Eating Problem Survey-Revised (DEPS-R); scores of 20 or greater indicate need for further evaluation for DEB.

RESULTS:

A total of 27 women and 33 men (age range = 21 ± 2.5 years) completed the DEPS-R; 27% of women and 18% of men had scores of 20 or greater (p = .23). Hemoglobin A1c level was significantly higher in subjects with elevated DEPS-R scores (10.4 ± 2.1% vs. 7.8 ± 1.3%; p < .001), and DEPS-R scores correlated with increased body mass index values (r = 0.27, p < .05).

DISCUSSION:

Clinicians should assess for DEB in both male and female emerging adults with T1D, especially overweight patients with poor glycemic control.

KEYWORDS:

Disordered eating behaviors; Type 1 diabetes; metabolic control; young adults

PMID:
27843015
DOI:
10.1016/j.pedhc.2016.10.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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