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Creating Diabetes Tattoos That Sense Changes in Blood Sugar


We've discussed tattoo in several threads here, so I thought this piece from A Sweet Life might be of interest.


As the article states, the researchers are just working to prove this concept, not to bring this product to market.  But I thought it was cool to think about.  When I was diagnosed, we didn't even have home blood glucose monitors, so it's kind of cool to imagine what the future might hold.  And if blood sugar sensing tattoos ever really were a thing, you can bet I would get one!

Thoughts on this?  Have you read about any other future ways to monitor blood sugar that you can share?

posted Jul 17, 2017 in Conversation by KarenG (16,350 points)

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I'm a type 2 and completely against tattoos. However, if this turned out to work and the tattoo was very small and could be in an inconspicuous place, I would be very interested. I'd love to have a way to know when my glucose was high or low easily and without pricking a finger.
answered Aug 1, 2017 by arlene821 (250 points)
Wow, that's a very interesting idea. If the size and location would not need to be obvious, I'd think it would have tremendous appeal because it would offer a permanent solution. The other CGM ideas that I've heard about  require inserting a disposal sensor of some kind or a kind of contact lens. Both ideas are temporary and require additional equipment to receive and read the results. I would guess that the majority of us want something that's accurate, simple to use and affordable,

We'd made tremendous progress in the 62 years that I've lived with T1. I look forward to that progress continuing.
answered Aug 1, 2017 by Janis (1,270 points)
I would be open to a new tool to help me manage my blood sugar.  A tattoo would be visible to all around you and might be a valuable asset in case of an emergency.  I would get one.
answered Aug 2, 2017 by mknicks (480 points)
I would not trust the safety of inserting foreign chemicals into my skin that God did not intend to be their due to possible danger/side effects.  Possibly if MANY countries approve it and it seems safe, perhaps, but I do not trust our FDA.  Too much politics and $$ involved to trust their approval.  I only use EU approved products on my skin due to the harmful chemicals America permits in products.
answered Aug 2, 2017 by Tammy (290 points)
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I would definitely be in favor of having a tattoo if it meant I did not have to use a meter to test my glucose level.
answered Aug 20, 2017 by dbenn49 (290 points)