Diabetes Nosebleeds: Is The Bleeding Connected to Diabetes?

So, you came back from an early morning jog, took a sip from your bottle and wiped your nose.

But what’s the deal with the dotted red blood stains?

Well, the phenomenon is not exactly uncommon. As a matter of fact, there have been reports of serious cases other than a few blood droplets. But that’s beyond the scope of today’s discussion.

Today, we will be talking about diabetes nosebleeds.

Before moving on to the topic of a nosebleed, let’s see if we can help you understand the concept of diabetes.

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Diabetes: Causes and Classifications

There are several established thoughts on whether or not diabetes is a disease or not. But let’s not get into that discussion.

So, what exactly causes diabetes?

First of all, know this: your body runs on glucose that is absorbed by the cells. The excess amount of glucose in the bodily stream (bloodstream) is diabetes.

The Insulin hormone, which is a product of the Pancreases, is the main element of keeping the blood glucose levels to the optimal operating levels. But when the insulin is not generated or used in the way it should be, the blood glucose level rises.

In time, the glucose level reaches unbearable levels, which becomes the cause of bodily dysfunctions or discomforts.

As the glucose level reaches a certain threshold and surpasses it, the patient or subject is said to have diabetes.

How do doctors differentiate the patients?

They differentiate by using the following classes:

Type-1 Diabetes

The cells that make insulin either lose their capability or they are decimated by the immune system itself. This can happen at any age.

Patients with type-1 diabetes need to take regular doses of insulin.

Type-2 Diabetes

In this case, the body does not produce enough insulin. This can also happen at any age.

The patients with type-2 diabetes can take be healthy if they take regular medication.

Gestational Diabetes

This type of diabetes often times after pregnancy. It’s a phenomenon with women during their pregnancy.

But, if gestational diabetes does not fade with time, it can turn into type-2 diabetes in the future.

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Diabetes and Nosebleeds: Are they connected?

There’s a lot of conflicts with the answer to this question.

There are some blind believers who support the theory of nosebleed’s relation to diabetes. But there are those who are not in support of such a conclusion.

So, what should you believe?

I believe it’s time to see whether or not the theory behind nosebleed caused by diabetes is true.

We will be giving answers to some obvious questions. Although the answers may seem to be jangled, they will clear up the dilemma behind the causes of nosebleed and whether or not they are connected to diabetes.

So, let’s get started.

Diabetes Nosebleeds: Finding the Truth

Q: Are there any specific nose bleeding classifications?

Ans.:  You can classify nose bleeds in the following category:

Anterior Nosebleed:

The anterior nosebleed is a result of a ruptured septum. It’s a blockade that separates your nostrils.

Any hard hit on the septum can cause it to rupture and bleed. Scratching the nose is an obvious cause.

Posterior Nosebleed:

The posterior bleeding often occurs when you reach old age or have high blood pressure. It mostly occurs from the back of the nose.

Q: What are some obvious reasons for nosebleeds?

Ans.: There are a couple actually.

  • Constantly picking your nose
  • Blowing nose recurrently
  • Catching a cold
  • Exceedingly dry weather conditions
  • Sinus infection
  • Allergic reactions
  • Medication side effects

The above-mentioned options some of the obvious types. There are other reasons besides this as well.

Q: Are the regular reasons for nosebleeds connected to diabetes?

Ans.: Not likely.

The reasons for obvious nosebleeds aren’t directly related to any of the above-mentioned causes. If you have diabetes, then having a nosebleed is something not related to diabetes at all.

Q: So, I shouldn’t be worried then?

Ans.: Again, not likely!

There are theories on how the endothelium gets affected due to excess blood glucose levels.

For this reason, the possibility of easy rupture of the nose tissue increases overall. So, nose bleeds can happen if you have diabetes as the blood vessels inside the nose tend to more susceptible to damage.

Q: I hear there are some indirect causes as well?

Ans.: You heard correct.

Diabetes causes kidney damage, which is an obvious phenomenon.

So, in the case of uncontrolled situations, there may be times when the kidney function is as proper as it should be, which can cause increased platelet function. This results in a bleeding nose.

Also, your nose may get dry of the diabetes is uncontrolled. So, there may be a possibility of a nosebleed there as well.

Final Thoughts

We believe we’ve given you enough information to understand the answers.

Still, if you have any more in-depth queries, you could always do some more research. But our content on diabetes nosebleeds should be more than enough for the average user.

Goodbye for now!

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Dr. SM Kamal Hasan, MBBS(Medicine), Rangpur Medical College and Hospital Rangpur- Dinajpur Highway, Cantt, Near Central Jail, Rangpur 5400, Bangladesh