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Diabetes and eating disorders: a high risk association

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a chronic illness that course with some clinical complications and it is one of frequent causes of morbidity and mortality in Brazil. The presence of psychiatric comorbidity can interfere in the metabolic control of diabetic pacients and increase the complications of this illness, mainly depression and eating disorders (ED). Some factors involveld in the association between DM and ED as psychological aspects related to DM, as well as dietary restriction, plays important role in the expression of inadequate alimentary behaviors in this population. The objective of this article is to present a review of the association between DM and ED. Thus, it will be described data on the epidemiology, risk factors, clinical aspects, course and treatment of comorbidity between ED (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder) and DM types 1 and 2. The early diagnosis and the adequate treatment of an associated ED seems to be correlated to a better prognostic of DM.

Eating disorders; Diabetes mellitus; Comorbidity


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