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Had numbness in hands/feet, past 3 months

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For sample persons ages 18 and older who do not have confirmed diabetes, NUMB3M reports whether, during the past three months, the person has had numbness or loss of feeling in his or her hands or feet, other than from his or her hands or feet falling asleep.

This question is complementary to DIANUMB3M, which was asked of adults who have confirmed diabetes.

This variable is included in the 1989 Diabetes supplement. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


There are no comparability issues with this variable.


  • 1989: Sample persons age 18+ who do not have confirmed diabetes.


  • 1989