Tingling and Numbness in Hands and Feet Could Be a Sign of Diabetic Neuropathy
One possible sign of prediabetes and diabetes is a sensation of tingling and numbness in the fingers and toes. High blood sugar levels can cause changes to blood vessels and nerves, leading to nerve damage, called diabetic neuropathy, which may also produce a burning sensation in the arms, hands and feet.
Nerve damage can cause foot ulcers and lead to changes in the shape of feet and toes. If infected foot wounds are not properly treated, it can lead to lower limb amputations later in life.
Early recognition and treatment of prediabetes can help relieve or diminish tingling or numbness and the development of diabetic neuropathy.Neuropathy can feel like burning, sharp shooting pain, numbness or like your socks are scrunched up beneath your toes.
It’s important to identify tingling and numbness and other presdiabetes symptoms early on—when there’s still time to prevent the disease. According to the Diabetes Prevention Program, a multicenter clinical research study, 11% of people with prediabetes developed type 2 diabetes each year during a three-year follow-up period.
Prediabetes is reversible when caught early enough. But when prediabetes symptoms are ignored, type 2 diabetes develops and complications become permanent.