Fatigue, vitamin deficiencies, and diabetes: 7 health problems that your hands are warning you about
“Let me hear your body talk!” We know it’s not what that catchy tune was talking about, but your body certainly does have a language, and it’s up to you to understand it.
Your body reacts to what you eat and how you treat it and tells you what it needs. Changes in mood, energy, pain, and even cravings all reflect the fluctuations of our health, but another unique way your body can communicate is through your hands.
Hands can signal distress in a number of different ways, as a warning of underlying diseases or deficiencies. Pain in certain fingers might reflect nerve damage, while a black or blue color in your hand might indicate problems with circulation. These are the most common symptoms that manifest in your hands, which everyone should be familiar with:
Numbness and Inability to Feel Pain or Temperature
Type 2 diabetics are constantly exposed to high levels of blood sugar, which can damage nerve fibers altering our sense of touch. It does this by interfering with nerve signals and damaging blood vessels, making it harder to get nutrients and oxygen to nerves. This is called peripheral neuropathy a sign of type 2 diabetes.[i] These symptoms in your hands, as well as your feet, are early signs of type 2 diabetes. Other signs include: [ii] [iii]
Cuts and sores that aren’t healing
Changes in digestion
Altered sexual function
The VeinCare Centre video below explains this concept in more detail:
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