Season 2, Episode 06: Diabetes and Diabulimia – A Candid Discussion About Diabetes, Insulin and Eating Disorders
CONTENT WARNING: Contains discussion around eating disorders that some listeners may find confronting or distressing. Please use your judgment if you choose to listen, and discontinue if the content upsets you. If you need support to manage an eating disorder and you’re not sure where to find help, please reach out to us and we will send you in the direction of experts who can support you.
It’s no secret that managing diabetes is a daunting task. And for some, the added pressure of managing diabulimia can make it even more challenging. Diabulimia is an eating disorder that can affect people with Type 1 Diabetes, who may reduce or stop taking their insulin in an effort to lose weight. For someone with T1D, this can be life-threatening.
In this candid discussion, we speak with Noor Al Ramahi, a fierce diabetes advocate and all-around outstanding person who has experience with both diabetes and diabulimia. She shares her story, insight and wisdom with us. This is a must-listen for anyone who wants to better understand these complex issues.
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Noor Al Ramahi was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of six and is the proud mother of twin boys, Rakan and Kareem.
She served as a volunteer at Sheikh Khalifa Medical Center, helping newly diagnosed children and their families. Since moving to the San Francisco Bay area in 2012, she has volunteered with the American Diabetes Association in San Jose, JDRF, and is staff/speaker at the Friends For Life Annual conference (the largest patient-facing T1D conference).
Noor worked worked with a local T1D organization called Carb DM, then moved to Stanford Medical Center, doing T1D clinical research focusing on T1D technology and closed-loop systems. She is also part of an expanding Type 1 Diabetes group called Sugar Mommas, which offers support for women in the family planning, pregnancy and motherhood phases.
She is now focusing on her kids and is in nursing school getting her Nurse Practitioners degree.
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