When a female patient is diabetic, eating disorders can be extremely harmful. An eating disorder is a psychological problem and not a physiological problem. A female with diabetes sometimes suffers depression and a sense of inferiority because of her condition and this causes eating disorders. She becomes extremely conscious of her physical appearance as a means to social acceptance.
Eating disorders in diabetic females result in excessive vomiting, using too many laxatives, reducing the required amount of insulin intake and excessive exercise. Effects on the health of the patient are disastrous. Blindness, kidney disease, nerve death and amputation of limbs are common consequences of the combined effect of diabetes and eating disorders. Treating the patient requires the efforts of a physician to help with the diabetes, a psychiatrist to counsel the patient for the eating disorder and a dietitian to help with a healthy diet for curing of the patient.