Children’s, Diabetes and Mental Health SCNs

Children’s, Diabetes and Mental Health SCNs

T1ED | Raising awareness to improve parity of esteem: No health without mental health

Clinical evidence suggests that eating disorders are almost twice as common in adolescent females with type 1 diabetes as their non diabetic peers. In this population group eating disorders are associated with insulin manipulation for weight loss and impaired metabolic control. Such patients are at an increased risk of hospitalisation and diabetes related medical complications. This healthcare issue has a clear clinical and economic impact on the NHS. Considering London’s patient population, there may be a particular significance.

Three of the Strategic Clinical Networks in London – Children and Young People, Diabetes, and Mental Health – hosted an awareness raising educational event on 11 November to look at how we can better co-ordinate care for patients with type 1 diabetes who have an eating disorder. Expert insight from a wide range of specialists – including those who have first hand experience in health services – focussed on increasing diagnosis and recognition of this silent population, as well as strengthening appropriate clinical management.

Event summary: http://www.slcsn.nhs.uk/scn/diabetes/111114-t1ed-summary.pdf