Date of Paper/Work

4-2011

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing

Department

Nursing

Advisor(s)

Angelynn Grabau

Abstract

Abstract

Eating disorders can be a potentially deadly disease that most commonly occurs among adolescent females in Western culture. They are marked by poor self-esteem and body image, as well as fear of gaining weight. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic disease in which a person’s body lacks the ability to create and use insulin effectively. The management of type 1 diabetes involves daily management of food intake, blood sugar evaluation, and insulin injections. Unfortunately, insulin manipulation offers an easy way to purge unwanted calories and lose weight.

The purpose of this study was to understand what are the needs, factors, behaviors, and complications associated with type 1 Diabetic Adolescent Females with disordered eating. After a search of the most recent literature from 2004 to 2011, a total of ten quantitative articles were included in the literature review.

The findings of this literature review reveal a significant number of adolescent females with type 1 diabetes are manipulating insulin in order to lose or maintain weight; with the short and long-term consequences of insulin manipulation being deadly.

Fortunately, there are specific screening tools available to Nurse Practitioners in order to properly screen for disordered eating among adolescent females with type 1 diabetes. The literature is lacking however, in effective treatment options for this group of adolescent females with type 1 diabetes.

What are the needs, factors, behaviors, and complications associated with type 1 Diabetic Adolescent Females with Disordered Eating?

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