03/28/2008 02:44 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Teen Diabetics Skip Insulin To Lose Weight As Part Of Growing 'Diabulimia' Trend

Diabulimia is usually practiced by teenage girls and young women, and it may be growing more common as the secret is exchanged on Internet bulletin boards for diabetics and those with eating disorders. One expert who has studied the phenomenon estimates that 450,000 Type 1 diabetic women in the United States -- one-third of the total -- have skipped or shortchanged their insulin to lose weight and are risking a coma and an early death.