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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Could Predict Diabetes

Posted Jun 02 2009 4:35pm

San Francisco Carpal Tunnel Treatment Center comments on article on the RSI-Relief Blog:

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.

It is a known fact that diabetes is a risk factor for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. In fact, I have uncovered dozens of cases of diabetes during the examination process at my San Francisco Back and Wrist Pain Center. Often times we conduct sensory nerve studies to test the integrity of the nerves of the arms and hands as part of out workup for Repetitive Stress Injuries. When we see very high readings in BOTH upper extremities it is a Red Flag that something is not right. At this point we consider lab work . There are two common test for pre-diabetes and diabetes. Once we get a confirmed diagnosis for  diabetes we consider the options. I will refer my patient to their medical doctor for medical options. And I will educate them on how type II diabetes can be treated with a plant based diet. In addition, we will treat the symptoms with our CTS treatment protocol, using manual adjustments, massage, wrist traction, exercise, and cervical spinal decompression (if indicated). I have completely turned these cases around using this approach. It sure beats the other option of taking medications (insulin) for the rest of your life. There are mountains of scientific data that support the benefits of a plant based diet when it comes to the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Please see the China Study.

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