Symptoms of the disease are also visible on the hands

Diabetes is one of the most common diseases in the world, but while some perceive its clearest symptoms, such as abnormal thirst, frequent urination, fatigue, blurred vision and constant hunger, d others do not recognize that they are developing the disease. It is estimated that most people with type 2 diabetes do not even know they have it. This occurs due to the silent nature of the symptoms, which are not always identified by the patient. However, experts suggest certain signs to look out for in the hands to identify this condition.

diabetes symptoms

◗ Bent fingers
A study published by the American Diabetes Association indicates that people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes have more difficulty straightening their fingers, usually the ring or thumb. The condition is painful and may require surgery.

◗ Redness around the nails
Another survey, published in the Wiley Clinical Healthcare Hub, reveals that people diagnosed with this condition tend to have circulation problems. This situation can cause redness around the nails.

◗ Nail lines
People with diabetes may have Beau’s lines. According to the CUF Health Network, these are “transverse depressions in the nail and can be a sign of malnutrition, measles, mumps, scarlet fever, peripheral vascular disease, pneumonia, uncontrolled diabetes, or zinc deficiency.” In this case, it is also important to pay attention to the toenails.

◗ Yellow nails
Nail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is an infectious disease caused by fungi that is very common in people with this disease. This condition makes the nails yellow, brittle, thick and irregular.

Watch out for diabetes

Even if symptoms are present, it is important to see a doctor to confirm the diagnosis. Only the healthcare professional can indicate the specific treatment for the patient.

Text: Mario Rui Santos
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