weird "stained" hands??

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   Posted 2/7/2007 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
My ex doesn't have a computer so I'm typing this for him.
He's a type 2 but he doesn't play by the rules. I asked him about his B.S. and he claims it's fine (ha!!) and hasn't checked in over a month. But I know he hasn't changed his eat habits after being diagnosed almost 1 year ago.

Anyway, his hands look "stained", he's noticed it and so have I. He says he washes and washes but his hands still look like he has oil stains on them like a mechanic's hands would look. It's really weird. his hands don't feel any different. This condition is slowly getting more noticable...

He is 50 years old.

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   Posted 2/7/2007 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
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   Posted 2/7/2007 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I was thinking maybe a circulation problem...he also getsup and goes to the bathroom several times a night, sleeps all day and he says his foot falls asleep a lot. I know THOSE things are not good! But I'm not his wife nor his mom. But this weird hand thing is too weird not to be concerned kids love him so I have to care at least a little bit...I bite my tongue about the other stuff

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   Posted 2/7/2007 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I would be more than just a little concerned.  I would be very concerned.  His blood sugars are definately not OK by what you describe.  I'm not sure why his hands are turning black but I would suspect bad circulation.  I also think he is probably experiencing nueropathy, but I am not a medical person.  I think he needs to see his doctor right away.

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   Posted 2/7/2007 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Well I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but your ex's Blood sugar is way out of control, and has been for quite some time.  The fact that his "foot falls asleep" means he has neuropathy, the nerves in his foot are dying.  This will spread until he has little or no feeling in both feet.  The fact that he can feel that prickly sensation, means his blood sugar is out of control and has been for a long time (this doesn't happen overnight or even in a month).  The hands thingy could be a number of different things.  He could be experiencing liver problems (again sugar related) that are causing "liver spots".  He could be having circulation problems which could cause the loss of a hand if left untreated. Again, these are most probably sugar related.

Here's what else will happen if he doesn't get a check up and start using his blood glucose meter.  His vision will go blurry and he could suffer partial or permanent loss of vision.  He's probably already developed a nice case of retinopathy but since he hasn't been to an eye doctor he doesn't know it yet.  The constant getting up to go to the bathroom will increase and get worse so that he constantly has to go during the day.  This is a classic sign that your blood sugar is way out of control.  If he doesn't take care of this he could suffer kidney damage that puts him on dialysis for the rest of his life or at least until a kidney transplant is found and being 50 and diabetic he won't be high up the transplant list.  Now, Im not even going to mention heart attack and stroke, which are obvious side effects, but how about the fact that it will simply kill his sex life with a horrendous case of ED.

All this nice stuff is happening to him as we speak as the classic signs of out of control blood sugar are there.  If he doesn't wake up and start treating his disease soon, you will simply watch him self destruct painfully.  Not a pretty picture but I hope it answers your questions.

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   Posted 2/8/2007 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I'll tell him all the above, I've mentioned it before but he doesn't really listen. I think he heard one of those "needle in a haystack" stories of someone's relative who lived to 100 and didn't change anything with diet. Stubborn old men.

Thank you!

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   Posted 2/12/2007 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
You may want to look up "acanthosis nigricans".
This can be caused by blood sugars being out of control. Some people notice the dark skin on the back of their neck, arm pits, hands, etc.
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   Posted 2/12/2007 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you. I looked up the condition and according to the descriptions and pictures it does look a tiny bit like what he has. Litterally, his hands look exactly like a mechanics stained hands. I told him all of the above and it went in one ear and out the other...Oh well. I tried.
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