Eating disorders and psychiatric morbidity in patients with diabetes mellitus

Psychother Psychosom. 1987;48(1-4):189-95. doi: 10.1159/000288052.


The role of psychological factors in diabetes mellitus is discussed, with particular reference to the influence of eating disorders. The paper describes a prevalence study of eating disorders in outpatients with insulin-dependent diabetes (IDDM) and a controlled questionnaire study of eating attitudes in a similar population. These studies suggest there is a genuine association between eating disorders and IDDM.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anorexia Nervosa / psychology*
  • Attitude to Health
  • Blood Glucose / metabolism
  • Bulimia / psychology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / psychology*
  • Diet, Diabetic*
  • Female
  • Glycated Hemoglobin A / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Psychological Tests


  • Blood Glucose
  • Glycated Hemoglobin A