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Do Overweight People Bruise Easier Than Others?

Posted Apr 04 2010 3:04am

Many people bruise more easily than others.  This can be explained by different reasons. Obesity has not been proven to increase the likelihood of bruising more easily than people who are thin however. As we age we bruise more easily because our skin becomes thinner and more fragile partly due to the decrease of fat under the skin to cushion our injuries.  Overweight people have an excess of fat under their skin which provides a cushion to slight injuries.

do overweight people bruise easier than others

Some Medications Can Affect Bruising

Some medications can cause you to bruise easier than others.  Aspirin, non-steroidal anti inflammatory and other medication cause your blood to thin which in turn can cause you to be more susceptible to bruising from the slightest injury.

Some natural supplements can also cause your blood to thin increasing your risk of easy bruising.  Some of these are ginger, garlic, gingko and fish oils.

If you are experiencing easy bruising or unexplained bruising consult your doctor or pharmacist to see if your medications can be causing your blood to thin.  Medications that should be checked are prescription, over the counter medications and even natural and herbal supplements that you take regularly.

The Effects of Bruising Related to Being Overweight

Overweight people may be more susceptible to bruising from falls and other injuries due to the increased force the extra rate imposes.  Being overweight does put you at risk for health issues that may interfere with clotting factors.

Some chronic diseases can cause the platelet count to drop which would cause easy bruising.  This bruising however would be attributed to the disease process and decreased clotting factor and not to being overweight. Conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, liver disorders and thyroid disorders are common to overweight people.

When to Consult Your Doctor

Whether you are overweight or within your normal weight limit there are times when you need to consult your doctor for unexplained bruises or excessive bruising from injury.

Easy bruising can be a symptom of serious health problems. If your body is not producing enough platelets to clot your blood you could be at serious risk for bleeding and bruising. If you experience bleeding from very slight traumas or when brushing your teeth or if you experience frequent nosebleeds this is a sign of low platelets and you should consult your doctor for blood testing known as a platelet count.

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