Burning Sensation in Hands and Feet May Be an Early Sign of Diabetes

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Pune, 22 October 2023: In a recent medical breakthrough, a burning and tingling sensation in the hands and feet has been identified as a potential early warning sign of diabetes or prediabetes, according to Dr. Sudhir Kumar, MD DM.

A 70-year-old patient, Mr. BN, sought medical attention with a one-month history of persistent tingling, burning sensations, and pain in both his hands and feet. His Vitamin B12 levels were within the normal range, and he was not previously diagnosed with diabetes. However, he was under medication for high blood pressure.


Upon further investigation, Mr. BN’s HbA1C (Glycated Hemoglobin) level was found to be 6.9%, confirming a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. The final diagnosis was diabetic peripheral neuropathy, a condition that affects the nervous system in individuals with diabetes.


The medical team treating Mr. BN provided him with a comprehensive plan, which included dietary and exercise recommendations. He was also prescribed medications to alleviate his neurological symptoms. He was advised to return for a follow-up appointment after three months.


This case highlights the significance of testing HbA1C levels in patients who present with symptoms of burning, tingling, and pain in their hands and feet, even if they do not have a prior diabetes diagnosis.