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Common Hand Disorders Associated With Diabetes

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Complications of Type 2 diabetes are not necessarily isolated. The effect of Type 2 diabetes and high blood sugar levels can involve a wide variety of organs and systems throughout the body. In August 2015 the International Journal of Rheumatoid Diseases reported on a study from the University of Jordan in Amman, in combination with several other research centers in Jordan.

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The study included 1000 people who had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Their ages ranged from 47 to approximately 67. Hand problems were seen in 69.5 percent of the participants...

  • a total of 63.1 percent suffered from stiff joints.
  • Dupuytren's contracture, in which the fingers stay curved downward, was seen in 18.6 percent of the diabetics.
  • trigger finger, in which one finger is stuck in a bent position and snaps straight, was seen in 7.2 percent.
  • thick skin was seen in 6.2 percent, and
  • carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful wrist condition, was diagnosed in 5.5 percent of the total participants.

Being female, aged over 60, or having a long history of diabetes increased the risk of hand disorders. The participants with high blood pressure were also at a high risk of Dupuytren's contracture. Those with diabetic retinopathy, an eye disorder, were at high risk for thick skin, Dupuytren's contracture, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Stiff joints...

  • can be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs.

Don't hesitate to report stiffness to your doctor so the condition can be treated before deformities begin to develop.

Trigger finger, a painful condition...

  • can be treated with cold or warm soaks,
  • anti-inflammatory medications,
  • freeing of tendons with a large needle, or surgery.

Dupuytren's contracture usually affects the ring finger and pinky, and occasionally can affect the middle finger...

  • smoking and alcohol are other risk factors for the condition.

Carpal tunnel syndrome affects a nerve in the wrist, resulting in pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and fingers...

  • prevention consists of avoiding smoking,
  • maintaining a healthy weight, and
  • exercise to keep your wrist flexible.
  • soaking your wrist in cold water or wearing a splint at night are ways of treating mild cases.
  • surgery is performed as a last resort.

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Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

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