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Can Diabetics Get Tattoos?

By April 25, 2010

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As the mother of a Type 1 diabetic, I am more educated on the subject than I ever hoped to be. I get several emails every year asking if it's okay for people with certain diseases to still get a tattoo, but diabetes is the one that comes up in discussion the most. Unfortunately, there isn't really a simple "yes" or "no" answer to the question, as there are a lot of variables that have to be taken into consideration. Because of that, this article turned out much longer than most that I write, but I hope you'll take the time to read it all. It's written toward both collectors and their artists, and even explains how to handle the very scary possibility of a client going into diabetic seizure during a tattoo. If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me.


April 26, 2010 at 2:35 pm
(1) joeri says:

everything you have writin down is true. Am a diabetic type 1 from my 17 and it sucks ass but hey thats live so i gotta live with it. Already have 5 tattoos and i never stopped planning. just see that your bloodsugar is a little higher then usual. then you don t have to worry about a thing. greetz joeri

April 28, 2010 at 4:55 pm
(2) Bulldog says:

I am a type 2 diabetic along with my wife.She has gotten 2 tattoos in the last 2 years and I got the same.Just make sure you leep your sugar levels under control to help healing.Also make sure you go to a really clean shop and use extra care when healing.Some diabetics take longer to heal.I have gotten a total of 4 tattoos since becoming diabetic and never had a problem.
Good luck and I hope this helps someone thinking about getting a tattoo.

February 22, 2011 at 2:25 am
(3) Sandie says:

Just wanted to say my daughter just turned 18, She is type 1 and type 2. She got a tattoo for her 18th birthday and it healed better tahn any of mine. She has no issues at all.
Good luck, go to a professional, and take care of it.. you will LOVE IT!

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