Melrose Center: Type 1 Diabetes

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Melrose Center St Louis Park
3525 Monterey Drive
St. Louis Park, MN 55416


Melrose Center is a leader in providing specialized care for people dealing with type 1 diabetes and an eating disorder. We understand the complexity of this dual diagnosis, and our expert team of psychologists, dietitians, doctors, nurses and other specialists are highly-experienced with both issues. We work in partnership with International Diabetes Center and Park Nicollet Endocrinology to coordinate care.

Those with type 1 diabetes may be more susceptible to an eating disorder than the general population, given the focus on diet and carbohydrate intake. This dual diagnosis can be life-threatening due to the possibility of omitting or restricting insulin. Some signs that may indicate an eating disorder in someone with type 1 diabetes include an increase in Hemoglobin A1C, changes in eating patterns, weight fluctuations and repeated hospitalizations for Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA).

At Melrose Center, our specialized treatment for those with eating disorders and type 1 diabetes includes all regular programming for those recovering from an eating disorder, as well as several additional groups and programs.

  • Diabetes education groups are taught by a certified diabetes educator (CDE) to help patients learn more about diabetes while practicing healthy skills with peers.
  • Individual diabetes appointments with endocrinologists, certified diabetes educators, dietitians and psychologists provide diabetes care, education and support.
  • Meal groups allow patients with type 1 diabetes to eat together and work on carbohydrate counting, portions and proper insulin doses with a certified diabetes educator.
  • Core strategy and recovery groups help patients find a balance of normal eating and diabetes control through group meals, therapy and education.

Because eating disorders and diabetes both involve the control of food, eating disorders affect people with diabetes more than the general population. Commonly known as “diabulimia,” this dual diagnosis has a major effect on a person’s physical and emotional health. It also makes is difficult to properly manage their diabetes, leading to an increased risk of serious medical complications. Someone dealing with an eating disorder and diabetes may omit or restrict insulin, which greatly impacts health.