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Can unexplained bruises mean diabetes? I have been noticing several unexplained bruises lately, especially on my arms. I am worried that it could be a symptom of diabetes. Is this probable? Are there other concerns I should have and are there any simpl

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Dr. David Liu
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics

In brief: Usually not

Unexplained bruising usually means a problem with parts of your clotting system. Your should see your healthcare provider, because depending on the extent of the bruising, it could be serious.
More usual symptoms of diabetes are unusual hunger, thirst, weight loss, and frequent urination.

In brief: Usually not

Unexplained bruising usually means a problem with parts of your clotting system. Your should see your healthcare provider, because depending on the extent of the bruising, it could be serious.
More usual symptoms of diabetes are unusual hunger, thirst, weight loss, and frequent urination.
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine

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It is unlikely that the unexplained bruises on your arms are indicative of diabetes.
Classically, symptoms of diabetes include increased thirst and urination as well as other nonspecific symptoms such as fatigue and weight loss. Many patients notice easy bruising on their arms, and this is a common complaint seen in primary care. This is because with increasing age (especially after menopause), our soft tissues are easily damaged with minimal and often unnoticed trauma. However, persistent or unexplained bruising can be indicative of several rare and potentially serious disorders, especially if the bruising is associated with easy bleeding from gums (e.g. While brushing) or frequent nosebleeds. For this reason, it is important to see your primary care physician and have a thorough history and physical. Make sure you report all medications that you take to your doctor, including any over-the-counter or herbal medications. This is because some drugs, such as aspirin, can induce or exacerbate a coagulation disorder making you susceptible to easy bleeding and bruising. Your doctor will also check for any signs of liver, kidney or hematological disorders that can cause easy bruising. Simple blood tests can diagnose many of these disorders and a referral to see a hematologist (who specializes in coagulation disorders) is rarely required.

In brief: It

It is unlikely that the unexplained bruises on your arms are indicative of diabetes.
Classically, symptoms of diabetes include increased thirst and urination as well as other nonspecific symptoms such as fatigue and weight loss. Many patients notice easy bruising on their arms, and this is a common complaint seen in primary care. This is because with increasing age (especially after menopause), our soft tissues are easily damaged with minimal and often unnoticed trauma. However, persistent or unexplained bruising can be indicative of several rare and potentially serious disorders, especially if the bruising is associated with easy bleeding from gums (e.g. While brushing) or frequent nosebleeds. For this reason, it is important to see your primary care physician and have a thorough history and physical. Make sure you report all medications that you take to your doctor, including any over-the-counter or herbal medications. This is because some drugs, such as aspirin, can induce or exacerbate a coagulation disorder making you susceptible to easy bleeding and bruising. Your doctor will also check for any signs of liver, kidney or hematological disorders that can cause easy bruising. Simple blood tests can diagnose many of these disorders and a referral to see a hematologist (who specializes in coagulation disorders) is rarely required.
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