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More than 415 million people in the world have diabetes. In the United States, the Center for Disease Control Center reports that more than 30.3 million Americans– 9.4 percent of the population–have diabetes.
On top of these astounding statistics, a recent study found that people with diabetes are 36% more likely to develop the painful nerve entrapment condition, carpal tunnel syndrome.
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Pressure on the median nerve, which runs from the upper arm down through an area called the carpal tunnel in the wrist, causes carpal tunnel hand pain.
Anything that irritates this nerve can also cause CTS.
People with diabetes undergo a great many health difficulties, including fatigue, maintaining a healthy weight, as well as nerve problems called peripheral neuropathies.
Also, many suffer CTS hand pain. There are several ways that diabetes can trigger carpal tunnel syndrome hand pain.
There are two types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2. While there are many differences between the two, they have one thing in common — high blood sugar levels.
This higher than usual sugar in the bloodstream can irritate the walls of the blood vessels. Over time this can lead to the breakdown of the blood vessels.
Blood vessels wrap around the nerves in the body, giving them nutrition, which also includes the median nerve.
If the blood vessels that wrap around this median nerve get irritated and start to breakdown due to high blood sugar, the nerve will begin to die.
This deterioration of the median nerve can lead to the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome such as numbness, tingling, pain in your wrist and hand.
Another way is that high levels of blood sugar cause CTS is that the sugars can get deposited in the carpal tunnel ligament in your wrist.
These deposits of sugar irritate the ligament and make it swell, therefore putting pressure on the median nerve.
There are other conditions in addition to having diabetes that double the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, including pregnancy, or repetitive motion of the hands or wrists by using a keyboard or working with heavy power tools.
Fluid retention during pregnancy, especially the third trimester, can put pressure on the median nerve.
If somebody has diabetes, it is crucial to look at the whole person, their overall health, to address everything that can be causing carpal tunnel syndrome.
How to Manage Diabetes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
There are many different things you can do to manage and relieve pain caused by carpal tunnel syndrome.
Keep in mind this is general information, not medical advice. It is essential to see a medical practitioner who specializes in diabetes.
Consult a Functional Medical Practioner
Consulting a functional medicine healthcare provider may help with your diabetes carpal tunnel syndrome.
This type of healthcare professional, such as a chiropractor or naturopathic doctor, is somebody who deals with holistic methods of helping you to decrease your blood sugar to a reasonable level and also maintain a healthy weight.
They might give you supplements, exercise programs, and other recommendations. Exercising is also a good option. Be sure to check with your health care provider before you start any exercise program.
Exercise in of itself can help to decrease blood sugar levels. Exercise is not a replacement for insulin if a doctor has prescribed it, but it can supplement other methods to maintain a healthy blood sugar level.
Vitamins are also helpful in preventing or reducing symptoms of diabetes and carpal tunnel syndrome. Recommended vitamins to take are A, C, D, E, K, and vitamins B1, B6, B9, and B12.
Another way to relieve carpal tunnel hand pain is to use CarpalAID®. It is a small patented hand patch that works without medication of any kind.
CarpalAID® has been shown by MRI to take about three millimeters of pressure off the median nerve to help open up the carpal tunnel.
Joseph Nazari, an engineer, invented CarpalAID® after having carpal tunnel surgery on one hand. Wanting to avoid surgery on the other, he came up with this one-of-a-kind device that directly relieves hand pain in a little as 30 minutes.
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