Diabetes: The simple test you can do with your hands that may help identify the condition

In May last year, the charity Diabetes UK released new analysis showing that the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK had doubled in 15 years. Their data showed that as of May 2021 “over 4.9 million people are currently living with diabetes in the UK”. Diabetes UK says 90 percent of people living with diabetes in the UK are living with type 2 diabetes. As a result of the high number of people with diabetes in the UK, there are a lot of resources and information available about symptoms and treatments.

One of these symptoms may be in your hand.

It is known as diabetic hand syndrome.

Diabetic hand syndrome is a condition where the skin on the hands thickens and becomes “waxy”, says The Mayo Clinic.

The symptom of diabetic hand syndrome is that “you may be unable to fully extend your fingers or press your palms together flat”.

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These aren’t the only symptoms of diabetes of course.

On their website, the NHS lists seven symptoms of Type 2 diabetes.

These include peeing more than usual, particularly at night, feeling thirsty all the time, feeling very tired and losing weight without trying to.

Furthermore, blurred vision, itching around your penis or vagina, or repeatedly getting thrush alongside cuts or wounds taking longer to heal are also symptoms of type 2 diabetes listed by the health service.


As with other medicines, there can be side effects.

Not everyone experiences side effects; if you experience them, it is recommended you stop taking them.

A healthy and balanced diet can also help you manage your blood sugar level in conjunction with your diabetes medicine.

Importantly, if you have any concerns about diabetes or any other condition, don’t hesitate to contact your GP.

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