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Diabetes and Tattoos

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The topic of tattoos has come up in a couple other threads - some DSV members have even shared pictures of their diabetes tattoos.  I came across this post at Diabetes Daily that has some tips on getting a tattoo if you have diabetes.

https://www.diabetesdaily.com/blog/diabetes-and-tattoos-the-only-two-things-you-need-to-know-411391/

Do you have any tattoos?  Have you considered getting one?  Do you find the advice in this post helpful?

posted May 11 in Conversation by KarenG (15,060 points)

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I have one tattoo that I got after about 15 years of being diabetic. To be honest, I don't remember diabetes being a consideration (though I assumed I might heal a bit more slowly). I followed directions for care afterward because I like my tattoo and want it to look its best for as long as possible. I'm glad no one told me I couldn't get a tattoo just because I have diabetes!

My tattoo is pretty small. After reading that article, it occurs to me that I should be more careful about my blood sugar prep beforehand in case my next tattoo takes longer - going too low or too high during the application would bite!
answered May 27 by vholcomb (620 points)
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Here are some more tips that a friend of mine shared on a post for Insulin Nation.

http://insulinnation.com/living/6-tattooing-tips-for-people-with-type-1/

answered May 29 by KarenG (15,060 points)
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After being on an EMS response where the patient had a medical bracelet, but the words had owrn off I decided that my first major tat would be a medical alert one.  So to celebrate selling our house in Southern CA after 008.jpg moving to Portland OR - the land of ink I did it.  I'm attaching a photo. I wanted the caduceus to be bold,but the words type 1 diabetes to be less noticeable. The caduceus symbol would draw in the attention of EMS but I wouldn't have to deal with the stigma - you know I ate too much candy etc - from the general public.

answered May 29 by artwoman (1,000 points)
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