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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.


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 (16,340 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)

Here are some more tips that a friend of mine shared on a post for Insulin Nation.


answered May 29 by KarenG (16,340 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 (1,060 points)