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Sara Mobäck is one of the 50,000 people in Sweden who have type 1 diabetes – and on top of that, she also suffered from severe disease Anorexia Nervosa. Today, she talks about her experiences of going from an unhealthy calorie count to a healthy lifestyle.

Through the blog saramoback.com, she wants to inspire and motivate people with type 1 diabetes to not stop dreaming despite chronic illness.

Sara Mobäck got her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes at age 13. A few years later, she bumped into another roadblock. Her focus on food and showing the best blood sugar curve made her stop eating carbohydrates, and daily training became a must – in 2016 she was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa.

Diabetes management is only half the battle to get people with eating disorders back to a normal life. The most challenging part of treating is self-acceptance.

In her deepest struggle, she decided to change her way of living. In 2013, she founded Diabeteskvinnan.se. She was tired of all myths and the huge lack of knowledge of her illness. She wants to encourage a positive perspective and way of living with Type 1 Diabetes. Today, she have a daily reach of thousands of people all over the world. Through talks, blogs, meet-up events and much more – Sara has dedicated her life to share her extensive experience of challenges that can arise for people with diabetes. 

Food is a central part of a diabetic’s everyday life and it is common that the focus on food develops in to an eating disorder. One thing that I had to remember – and still have to keep in mind every single day – is that staying healthy with an eating disorder requires my full dedication and discipline to cope. There is a huge lack of knowledge on how to identify whether a person with diabetes has an eating disorder or not.

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I know we live in a not so normal life at the moment. As a t1d it can also be tough to learn new patterns about how the blood sugar is changing or makes weird directions. And yes, this new lifestyle has defintely affects my blood sugar more than I first thought. And so it may be. It has been two weeks (I know many of you have been in this longer) now with new routines and for me it has helped to write down for example my feelings, how the blood sugar behaves as well as my activity, food and so on. •

After being a t1 for almost 19 years I learn new things about myself and my diabetes. The important thing to remember is: DON’T forget to be KIND to yourself. Let it take time to get to know how you and your body behave and how emotions can affect your bg too! •

All we have is now. We can only live for the present and make the best of each and everyday and ofc - Trust YOURSELF and your body and that it will not be forever ❤️
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In the beginning of February I was invited to be the key note speaker at the Diabulimia Helpline Conference in San Diego to talk about my journey and my recovery from an eating disorder. •

If I was making the same speech today I would also have been included the self compassion part more. Because I know lot of you are struggling with both diabetes, social distance , and mental health. And I know a lot of you will be being unfairly harsh on yourselves for how you are feeling, responding or managing during this strange time. •

You are the you, and you are doing an amazing job! This won’t be forever and I promise that you’ll survive! Just hang in there! I’ll be here for You 💙
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