A diabetic woman claims she was just "days from death" after her weight plummeted to five stone (31.7kg) after restricting her insulin to lose weight.
Becky Rudkin, 30, battled diabulimia – an eating disorder which affects people with type 1 diabetes – for five years.
The sales assistant was hospitalized in 2013 after her insulin levels became dangerously low that one side of her body had gone numb and she was struggling to breathe.
Ms Rudkin, of Aberdeen, Scotland, was allegedly told by her body she was close to shutting down, and kept her in hospital for six weeks.
After turning her life around, Ms Rudkin is now sharing her story to raise awareness.
It is estimated that 40 per cent of type 1 females aged 15-30 regularly omit insulin for weight control, according to the NHS.
Becky Rudkin, 30, Battled Diabulimia – an eating disorder which affects people with diabetes 1 – for five years, until she dropped to five stone (31.7kg)
Ms. Rudkin, of Aberdeen, Scotland, turned out to be sick
Ms Rudkin said: 'Battling an eating disorder is dangerous enough as it is but having diabetes as well as many causes.
'I was left days from death after limiting my insulin to a point where my body could not operate.'
Ms Rudkin had already been struggling with anorexia before her type 1 diabetes diagnosis at age 19 in 2007.
She was already spent years hiding her anorexia, eating a minimal amount of food and drinking.
It was not until her diagnosis of diabetes that her anorexia was first recognized by doctors.
Ms Rudkin said, 'I was struggled with my diet for years before.
'But Ounce I Realized I could control my weight by restricted my insulin, it all started by spiraling out of control.
I was eating that I could eat more weight quickly as my body needed.
'By not taking it I would be sick and my body was effectively starving itself.
It was not overweight, it was in my head that I was.
Ms Rudkin had already been struggling with anorexia before her type 1 diabetes diagnosis at age 19 in 2007, when she said things spiralled out of control
Ms Rudkin said: 'I was not overweight, it was in my head that I was'
Ms Rudkin from diabulimia – 40 per cent of type 1 females aged 15-30 use insulin for weight management, according to the NHS
WHAT IS DIABULIMIA?
Diabulemia is the common term for when someone with type 1 diabetes uses insulin omission as a process for weight control.
More severe consequences.
Omitting insulin puts people at risk of diabetic ketoacidosis, which is fatal if left untreated.
Some people develop symptoms of anorexia nervosa and this also has an impact on diabetic control.
The nutritional consequences of starvation on the brain and body are shown when insulin / glucose control is suboptimal.
It is estimated that 40 percent of type 1 females aged 15-30 regularly omit insulin for weight control.
Complications include blindness, limb loss, neuropathy blindness and fatality.
Insulin is a hormone that promotes fat storage, can avoiding taking, or can lead to weight loss.
It can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis, which can lead to coma or death.
Ms Rudkin said: 'I'd struggle to breath, I'd hallucinate and even lose my feeling on one side of my body.
I became so frail that you could see every bone in my body.
'At my worst point I could not even stand up, I could not even go and spoke to my mum downstairs – all I wanted to stay in bed.
'After years of hospital stays and battling diabetic comas, I decided to get help and start looking after myself.
'I realized this after I hit my lowest weight in 2013.'
Ms Rudkin claims she was not taken seriously by doctors at first.
'I felt awful but I was not taken seriously by the doctors,' she said.
Ms Rudkin had already spent years in and out of hospital, but claims to 'shortage of beds' were why she was turned away.
She said: "I will be back tomorrow in a body bag".
'Eventually they were able to keep me in over night; I was initially in the cardiac unit before being taken to intensive care.
Ms Rudkin was left fighting for her life after her insulin levels became dangerously low
Now a healthy BMI after five years of recovering, Ms Rudkin wants to raise awareness
Ms. Rudkin was in hospital for six weeks while doctors tried to increase her weight and established her condition.
She added: I do not genuinely remember.
Finally I'm so glad finally clicked in my head.
'I think it was because I was like it, I really need to get help.'
'I'm so happy'.
Ms. Rudkin is a completely different person and has been doubled her weight.
She said: 'I'm really excited for Diabulimia behind me.
I look back, I do not even recognize myself.
'It has not been easy, but I'm feeling optimistic for the future.'
'I need to share with others how dangerous it can be, I would not want anyone with diabetes to think this is the best way to lose weight.