KONTAN.CO.ID – JAKARTA. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be a complication due to diabetes. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition of numbness or tingling in the hands and arms due to a pinched nerve in the wrist area. This condition can occur when the nerves swell, the tendons become inflamed, or something causes swelling in the carpal tunnel area.
So, what does carpal tunnel syndrome have to do with diabetes?
Compiling Healthline data, nearly 20% of people with diabetes also have carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition indicates that high blood sugar can also trigger carpal tunnel syndrome. In fact, this syndrome can also be an early sign of type 2 diabetes.
Research from the Netherlands conducted by scientist Steven H Hendriks in 2014 also said that carpal tunnel syndrome often occurs in people with type 2 diabetes. However, this syndrome is not the only benchmark for diagnosing someone with diabetes.
There are several other conditions that must be used as a benchmark before a person is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, such as body mass index, gender, and age.
In other words, there are many factors that increase the risk of diabetes and carpal tunnel syndrome. However, people with type 1 diabetes have a lifetime risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.
How to overcome
According to Diabetes.co.uk data, carpal tunnel syndrome can heal on its own if the symptoms disappear. All we need to do is do self-care such as avoiding excessive repetitive movements.