Hand and foot warning device and test for diabetes
Sao Paulo: Diabetics usually complain of numbness in the hands and feet and in some patients the condition becomes very severe. Now, thanks to a tool, this condition can be detected ahead of time.
But it is clear that patients with diabetes and other diseases have a weaker grip than healthy people. For this reason, lack of grip or grasping power can be said to be an important biomarker in the cause of diseases and especially diabetes.
The study was conducted by Paolo Barbosa, a professor at the University of Cruzeiro do Sul, Brazil. He says that in diabetic neuropathy, certain nerves (peripheral nerves) are affected and the patient feels pain, tingling, burning and numbness. It attacks most of the hands and feet (soles).
Experts divided the people into three groups. These included diabetics, diabetic neuropaths, and the general public. Everyone was asked to hold the device in their hands. It measured both the grip area and the force. The smoother the surface, the more grip it will require, while the rough surface is easier to handle.
It has been found that people with mental illnesses such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s tend to be more resilient. Similarly, people with neuropathy put too much effort into gripping objects and are often unaware of it.
Studies have shown that healthy people use 100% or 120% of the minimum holding force when they grasp an object. On the other hand, people with diabetic neuropathy use two and a half times more energy than healthy people.
The study found that diabetics could be diagnosed with neuropathy by looking at the force exerted on an object.