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Diabetes and Eating Disorders

Recently eating disorders in our community have been highlighted through social media and on television. Diabulimia happens when those with type one diabetes avoid taking insulin.

From a recent study, a third of type one adolescents with type one diabetes that were surveyed are at risk of developing an eating disorder related to diabetes. This study was led by Professor Paul Hofman which surveyed 300 young people that were 12 to 25 years of age.

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From this study, Hofman was able to identify that 12 year olds were at high risk. Maori and Pacific were also at a higher risk in comparison to European youth.

“There was a really major ethnicity issue. So the odds of having an eating disorder for Māori was about twice as much and Pacific Islander about five times as much.” Hofman also mentioned to Radio NZ that although this was a small study he is confident that it is a fair representation of what is happening around the county. 

Need more information?

DEDA, Diabetes and Eating Disorder Awareness provide support, advocacy and information. Stories as well as information if you need help, if you know someone or are a health professional is readily available.

If you would like more information around this please get in touch with DEDA, a health professional or you can contact us.

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Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason

If you tuned in to watch, you would have listened to Cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

After Sheku played a mesmerising piece for the Royal Wedding, the internet erupted wanting to know about him and who he is. He won the BBC’s Young Musician 2016 competition. He also has type 1 diabetes; diagnosed at 12. He is the first African American to win this competition. He recently was also awarded Male Artist of the Year at the Classic Brit Awards.

It’s great to be able to share Sheku’s story with the diabetes community and reiterate that you can still achieve your dreams even when you are diagnosed with a life long condition. A great role model for anyone especially children living with diabetes.

From the DigiBete video: “Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays the cello and won the BBC’s Young Musician 2016 competition. He was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 12.” Through the video he goes through how he manages his music as well as his diabetes.

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What’s Your diabetes Why?

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For the month of June we will be delving little deeper into why people were getting tested through our Mobile Diabetes Awareness Service – What’s your diabetes Why?

Getting people to share their stories with us and how they are taking control of their health.

Over the month of June, keep an eye out for stories shared from our diabetes community.

If you would like to share your story, head along and talk to Susan and Sandy through our Mobile Diabetes Awareness Service or contact us.

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Auckland Marathon 2017

Join us for the Auckland Marathon

On Sunday 29 October Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch will be doing the Auckland Marathon. Come and join us!

Last year was a fantastic day and experience. We had over 90 runners and walkers take part from the kids marathon right through to the full.

We work to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with or affected by diabetes throughout Auckland, their families and the support network that surround them.

How to get involved

To run and fundraise:

If you want to sign up to the Auckland Marathon now – go for it!

Have a group ready to take on take on the marathon? Email us and we can see what group discounts are available to you through us.

If you can’t take part, you can always volunteer with us. 

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