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Both my feet have just today started tingling or feeling like they have pins and needles in them every time I walk on them. Is there any known medical condition which might cause this sensation?
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replied July 11th, 2008
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do you by any chance have diabetes? there are other neurological conditions that could also be the cause of this

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Burning or tingling feet may be early warning of pre-diabetes
ANN ARBOR, MI - Adult onset, or type 2 diabetes, is a growing problem in the United States. Researchers estimate that about 10 percent of Americans will develop diabetes during their lifetime and about twice that number will develop a milder form of diabetes called impaired glucose tolerance, or pre-diabetes. Diabetes and pre-diabetes often do not present any symptoms until a complication arises, making the disease difficult for patients to detect

Physicians already know that people with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes with lifestyle changes such as weight loss and exercise. Likewise, people with pre-diabetic neuropathy may be able to reduce their risk for developing severe nerve disease. They may even be able to reverse the neuropathy.

Researchers at the University of Michigan Health System are investigating neuropathy, or nerve damage characterized by a persistent tingling, burning or numbness in the hands and feet, as an early warning sign of pre-diabetes. Their preliminary research also suggests that lifestyle modifications, including weight loss and regular exercise, may be able to prevent further nerve damage among patients with pre-diabetes and – very possibly – reverse the damage.

“Adult onset, or type 2 diabetes, is a considerable problem in the United States , as well as in many western countries,” says James Russell, M.D., a U-M associate professor of Neurology. “We estimate that about 16 to 20 million Americans already have pre-diabetes but, in fact, this may be an underestimate.”

UMHS, which is very active in diabetes research, is conducting a study, along with universities such as the University of Utah and Yale, that looks at neuropathy associated with impaired glucose tolerance.

People may notice they have an increased tingling or burning in their arms or legs, or even significant pain in their feet. This may be one of the earliest warning signs,” Russell says.

According to Russell, patients with pre-diabetes have a higher rate of developing neuropathy. Many of his clinic's patients who don't seem to have a cause for their neuropathy have abnormalities of their glucose regulation - approximately 30 percent to 50 percent.

“We will have to wait for the final results to be published from this study in about two years, but it is exciting to see that the prospect of reversing nerve damage may be validated in the final results,” Russell says.

Study participants are asked to reduce their body weight by about 7 percent and have a goal of exercising 150 minutes a week.

“In this study, we encourage people who are struggling with the exercise part to do whatever is appropriate to them. We're not trying to make them into marathon runners, we're simply trying to have them adopt a healthier lifestyle. And the benefits, even with fairly small changes in daily routine, are very, very important to patients' overall health,” Russell says.

He advises people with persistent tingling or prickling in the arms, legs or feet – particularly if the sensation in the feet is a burning pain – to talk to their health care provider, especially if the pain is persistent.

you should go and see a doctor
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