Chronic diabetes occurs when a person’s pancreas can no longer produce insulin, or the body cannot properly use insulin. The inability to make or use insulin effectively leads to hyperglycemia (high blood glucose levels). The long-term effects of high glucose levels include serious damage to the body and organ failure.

Diabetes increases the risk of developing trigger fingers. Trigger fingers are stiff and painful when gripped. In later stages, the finger may lock when bent and click when straightened. The symptoms are usually more severe in the morning. Occasionally, a lump may be found at the top of the palm because of the condition.

Compared with diabetics, the general population suffers from trigger fingers at a rate of about 2% to 3%. In older adults and people with diabetes for many years, diabetic trigger finger is more common.

There are a few differences between non-diabetic and diabetic trigger fingers. A woman’s chance of developing diabetic trigger fingers is higher than a man’s. People with diabetes are also associated with higher rates of developing trigger fingers on both hands and more than one finger.

As of yet, there is no clear reason why a diabetic trigger finger develops. According to research, chronic hyperglycemia (A high blood glucose level caused by an inability to produce or use insulin properly) results in collagen molecules being crosslinked, which results in collagen buildup in the tendon sheaths around your flexor tendons. The severity of symptoms depends on the patient’s age, diabetes duration, and glucose control, so strict glucose control is essential to the treatment. Treatment of diabetes effectively is the main factor in preventing diabetic hand complications such as the trigger finger.

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