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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.

@saramoback

A few hours in Copenhagen and I guess this is the first time (in my 22 years as a t1) I’ve got it all! Sugar, enough insulin, cannulas, and well - myself put together 💙✌🏻 ...

Have had many conversations this week about diabetes and eating disorders. It’s, as you know, very common. It is also frightening how little we know, how can we avoid more people being affected, improvements in healthcare and what or how should we reduce the pressure and stress around food for people with diabetes?

What I do know is that I need to be around people who don’t have diabetes, eat food, enjoy life, - has helped me. Because that’s how life should be, even if I live with an illness that requires round-the-clock care 🫶🏻
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