According to a report in the medical journal Diabetes Care, researchers in England have concluded that “Carpal Tunnel May Be Sign Of Impending Diabetes“. In their study, they found that in more cases than would normally be expected, people who develop type 2 diabetes have a history of carpal tunnel syndrome. The wrist nerve problem sometimes predates the onset of diabetes by up to 10 years.
The medical world has long known that those with diabetes are more likely to get carpal tunnel syndrome, but this is the first study to suggest that carpal tunnel syndrome may actually be an early warning sign of diabetes.
In discussing their study, the researchers suggest that high blood sugar levels “and associated metabolic abnormalities may contribute to causing these important focal peripheral nerve disorders before the diagnosis of diabetes.”