Fingertips give away Diabetes

Diabetics on your fingertips! Sounds strange, but it is true. Pioneering research study on dermatoglyphic patterns, doctors will know be able to tell whether a person is diabetic or not by simply looking at the fingertips.

The research study is a boon for medical professionals and social scientists working in remote areas. There is practically no need of sophisticated tests to determine whether a person is diabetic or not. The fingertips tell the whole insulin story, even in infants.

The innovative study conducted by Geetha Viswanathan, Sanjeevani Arora and other doctors of the St Joseph College, Bangalore, was presented at the Institute of Genetics, and Hospital for Genetics, Osmania University here in the city. According to researchers, fingertips reveal not only about health problems like diabetes, but also shed light on cataract and heart ailments.

Fingertips help more in the case of diabetes mellitus, a metabolic disorder caused by less secretion of insulin from the beta cells of the islets of langerhans in the pancreas. Often a genetic predisposition, reckless lifestyle and severe mental and physical stress make a person prone to diabetes.

“Insulin dependent diabetes can strike at any age, any sex, and any socio-economic class in any country. It was clearly evident from the study that dermaglyphic patterns even of new born have a direct co-relation with possible manifestation of diabetes, at a later stage in life”, they pointed out.

Dermatoglyphic analysis of 1,620 fingertips of insulin dependent diabetes was performed taking into consideration both the sexes and the study revealed a steady deviation in the ulnarloop patterns of the 500 control fingertips.

The analysis revealed that the diabetic patients show the presence of ulnar loop having a prominent ridge count of 15, 16 and 17. This is present randomly in both hands or in single hand.

The dermatoglyphic analysis can be used as a tool of genetic and medical counseling to modify the life style of the people having the diabetic patterns in the fingertips to possibly prevent or decrease the severity.

6 COMMENTS

  1. I did this work as her student back in college, this was a very open-ended hypothesis when we started, I believe its the largest study of its kind with so many patients. Although it could do with adding more controls. I think with more funding more could be done on such projects.

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