Diabetic tattoos??

By missymoose13 Latest Reply 2014-03-04 13:13:55 -0600
Started 2013-03-29 00:22:43 -0500

Wondering everyones thoughts on those diabetic tattoos on their left wrist I've lost a lot of weight recently and have really been experiencing very scary lows ( 38 when asleep) and been woken up from my insulin pump but I'm concerned that it will happen when I'm out and no ones with me. I also work in the medical field and am worried about visible tattoos your thoughts??

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old biker
old biker 2013-04-15 07:05:11 -0500 Report

First let me say I have more tattoos on my arms then I can count. I wear a medical alert bracelet after talking to a friend who is an EMT. He Said Stu what happens if you are in an accident covered with blood your medical alert tattoo might be covered with blood..
I wear a medical alert bracelet on it is engraved, my name, diabetic, type of insulin,allergies, who to contact in case of an emergency.
If you are in a medical emergency this is information that first responders need to know
Just something to think about

egrind 2013-04-15 04:11:15 -0500 Report

Duck the tats…use a braclet instead..its about avoiding the risk…personally. let me know what you decided

missymoose13 2013-04-15 11:08:04 -0500 Report

I already have rose tattoos on the top of my feet and ankles. The issue is that I've talked to a lot of people whose bracelet has broken off in an accident forget to put it on or the clasp comes undone BUT on the other hand I work in doctor offices and your not supposed to wear jewelry and where a tattoo wouldn't be " proper"

Gingerbutterfly 2013-04-15 00:25:53 -0500 Report

I have worked in the medical field and was told to not have tattoos that were visible. I did not wear a bracelet at work due to the gloves and almost pulling it off. I wear an anklet with a diabetic bead on it and medical alert tag bead. I also had a small necklace with a medical alert tag that I would tuck under my shirt.

CJ55 2013-04-14 23:12:09 -0500 Report

I went to 2 ER Places and asked them to try my bracelet on their laptops and the bracelet didn't work. I was bummed because I spent a great deal of time typing in all of my medical data. The hospital here in Wilmington just got all brand new systems for their computers and the bracelet failed as well. I do not know why.

CJ55 2013-04-14 23:07:17 -0500 Report

I have the bracelet like the one James has. Unfortunately here in NC the bracelet DOES NOT work at the 3 hospitals where I live or any of my Doctors offices which I go to. Also, it did not work in Maine or Va. A lot of places never heard of the bracelet before. I guess the computer has to have the specific software for the bracelet used and there are a few on the market using different software.

missymoose13 2013-04-14 23:35:33 -0500 Report

Thanks that's EXACTLY what I'm afraid of the bracelet not working as for the tattoo I'm still thinking about it because I would want it on my wrist where the bracelet would be

100 Acre Woods
100 Acre Woods 2013-04-09 14:47:40 -0500 Report

As for visible tattoos in the medical fields… Employment Places differ. It used to be that you could not show a tattoo. If you had one, you had to keep it covered up while you were at work. Over the past few years, however, I have seen people in the medical field wearing their tattoos out in the open as long as the tattoo is tasteful. No skulls & cross bones, no vulgarity, no gang tattoos, slashers, etc. And it can't be on your hands.

100 Acre Woods
100 Acre Woods 2013-04-09 14:38:35 -0500 Report

I am a diabetic and have tattoos. As long as your blood sugars have regularly been running fine for a time before and after you have the tattoo, it should be fine. Just don't place it on your feet or other areas where there can be poor circulation. That can cause healing problems and issues. If you have problems with your sugars staying in the norm, then I wouldn't recommend it. The concern is the healing of the tattoo - not the actual tattoo itself. I have never heard of the tattoo weakening that portion of the body. It would be no different then your getting a scratch or a cut. We just keep and eye on it and want it to heal quickly and safely. Just a word of caution. I did check out a few tattoo shops before I chose which one to go to. I looked for cleanliness of the place and the tattoo artists. I also looked for a place that put in a new needle when I was there so that they show each client that they use a fresh/clean needle on them. Most will also have pictures you can see of their work. Look for one who does a nice, neat look if that is what you want. Tattoo artist specialize in various looks. Get the both the shop and the artist that does the type of work that you want. Be up front when you sign the authorization that you have diabetes. Also I chose a shop that put in writing, "how to take care of your tattoo" after you go home. They will tell you what type of ointment that you should be putting on your new tattoo until after it heals… My doctor did not have any problems with my getting tattoos. He refers to it as art. You just have to be careful to place the tattoos where there is good blood flow. Diabetics are constantly warned about feet and lower leg problems due to poor circulation issues so it make sense to stay away from those areas.

Mz Tara
Mz Tara 2013-04-02 20:31:53 -0500 Report

I didn't even know diabetics could get tattoo's because of the whole immune system issue. I want a diabetic tattoo (I can wear a bracelet too).

missymoose13 2013-04-03 17:37:13 -0500 Report

Ya we can get tattoos we just have to watch our sugars I have flowers on my feet and the inside of my leg around my ankle area even have my hubby's name hidden in some ivy ( shhhh)

lorider70 2013-04-03 10:31:09 -0500 Report

Tattoo artists will do a diabetic of they are in control of their BG's usually. I have several; but none on the feet or hands since if there were to be a healing problem; extremities would likely be the place it would start.

missymoose13 2013-04-03 17:38:33 -0500 Report

I have flowers on the top of my feet and on the inside of my ankle area and even though they turned out okay I would do anymore cause of the ouchies

Mz Tara
Mz Tara 2013-04-03 10:35:18 -0500 Report

That's good to know. How do they verify that your bg's are in control?

lorider70 2013-04-03 12:25:12 -0500 Report

When you go in, tell them you are diabetic and they will ask if you're in control. While you're there also be sure they have a working autoclave for sterilizing every tool they will be using on you and that all needles etc are removed from their packaging in front of you, new ink cups in use for you, new rubber gloves on the artist. Any reputable shop will be in full compliance since customers are their best advertisement and it also protects the artist.If you have any doubts about the shop or the artist; move on to another one.

CHenry9973 2013-04-02 13:33:49 -0500 Report

I have so many medical conditions, a tatoo would have to take up my entire arm. I am not into pain or discomfort, so I think for me, the usb bracelate would be the best. My perscriptions and diagnoses take up three, single space, typewritten pages. Don't see getting that, put in ink, on my arm. (even without the perscriptions) And with the usb, emergency contacts can be included for faster retreval.

Nana_anna 2013-04-02 12:56:25 -0500 Report

Yes, one of my friends on facebook had the same question. She actually got it done last year. She did really good to. I saw it and it came out clear. I will eventually get one done to.

Stuart1966 2013-04-01 18:16:44 -0500 Report

A tattoo with the ability to be

a) overlooked because it is seen as "art",
b) something curious/pretty rather than clearly being EMERGENCY MEDICAL ID is not an intelligent idea. In our context, its a REALLY REALLY bad idea… in my view.
"…Hey wait a minute, what does that tattoo mean, exactly? I love a diabetic? Work with diabetic people? Work in medicine, and make money because of diabetes… had a grandmother who died because of diabetes, and I want to remember her. The word Diabetic tattooed per se won't explain anything helpful. Covered up, hidden, it will be useless.

I have ID, that won't ever be confused, I don't need a tattoo. Never a fan of any discomfort I'm not 10,000% required to endure. I have no "spare money" to get any tattoo. So no tattoo for me. Others feel differently…

CanoeTrip'r 2013-03-31 13:11:48 -0500 Report

Been wanting med tatt for yrs. I go on many solo wilderness canoe trips (my works enviroment) and often will pen ink 'Diabetic' on my wrist. Tho may be too late if anyone needs to see it, but its there if not too late as I do come across ppl sometimes… I know, a bit risky.

missymoose13 2013-03-31 13:22:53 -0500 Report

Ohhhhh canoeing do you really canoe in a city girl who finds ANYTHiNg wilderness sooo much fun although on my first trip to the redwoods I took a makeup case and a hair dryer ;-))

CanoeTrip'r 2013-03-31 21:40:36 -0500 Report

For now, during the wintertime I live in the city as well. The Redwoods would be a sight to see out in California there… And you never know when a photo shoot will burst out ;-)

1rahrbunny 2013-03-29 13:44:51 -0500 Report

I have a large medical emblem tattoo on my forearm with an ouroboros around it which mirrors the international symbol of diabetes which is a blue circle. It is beautiful and functional. It has "type one diabetes" in print under it. I got it both because I have hypoglycemia unawareness but also as a pretty reminder of how much hard work I have invested in a disease that has caused much transformation, good and bad for my 24th anniversary of diagnosis. I am for them!

missymoose13 2013-03-29 13:47:53 -0500 Report

Thanks I want to hear more positive because the doctor I work for isn't happy with the thought but he thinks its gonna be just a regular tattoo I think

1rahrbunny 2013-03-29 14:00:59 -0500 Report

Mine is about the size of an orange on the upper part of my inner forearm. A three quarter length sleeve will just barely cover it I wanted to.

jayabee52 2013-03-29 14:25:44 -0500 Report

IMHO that would negate the reason for having it wouldn't it? Especially if it were to alert medical workers to the disease?

I myself had thought of a tatt, but have settled on a USB medical bracelet on my right arm (can't have it on my left due to my dialyis access {"fistula"} on my left forearm.) The bracelet can be viewed on any computer with a USB port and can be modified for changing medical challenges. And I can do it myself!

jayabee52 2013-03-31 02:23:31 -0500 Report

I can show you better than I can explain it here ~ http://medicalhistorybracelet.com/

You may find these at many walgreens and other pharmacies. But I find the best place to get them from is order them from the website as they have a better selection of wrist sizes and colors. (I have no financial or other interest in this company)

jayabee52 2013-03-31 02:34:53 -0500 Report

They have been called "flash drives" which gets plugged into a USB port in any computer which has one (most do anymore) and has a program which has whatever medical info one puts into it. I believe mine has 2 GB of data space on it. I understand that even x-ray images may be loaded on it. It is quite versitile.

I wear mine 24/7/365, only taking it off to change information on it.

jayabee52 2013-03-29 14:42:02 -0500 Report

I understand that, however if something happens to your BG levels in the interview or going to or coming from, it would be not useful. And paramedics are trained (my youngest son is one) to get the acute ailment controlled quickly and not spend time looking on the patient's body for tatts.

My bracelet, is more likely to be seen under any conditions and accessed, providing the exact information needed for them to know.

1rahrbunny 2013-03-29 14:44:30 -0500 Report

I grew up with a fireman/paramedic and he always looks. Its large enough no one is going to miss it when they look for a vein, which was the point.

Robbie - 24474
Robbie - 24474 2013-03-29 10:45:09 -0500 Report

I got one on my upper arm about 3 years ago kind of to commemorate my silver anniversary as a T1. I strongly considered doing a smaller one on the inside of my forearm, but in the end I did a design on my upper arm from my shoulder to almost my elbow. It would be hard for an EMT to miss, but they would have to have my right arm bared first.

missymoose13 2013-03-29 13:50:30 -0500 Report

Thanks would love to see a pic my husband says If it would help to get one but I would love to show him some different pics

ShellyLargent 2013-03-29 08:01:58 -0500 Report

I've thought about this too. I always forget to wear my ID bracelet. The only issue with it is after talking to a couple of friends who are EMTs and my uncle who is a county sheriff, emergency responders are not trained to look for medical tattoos. They know to look for ID jewelry. I'm still on the fence as to whether or not to do it. There is a tattoo convention in our area this summer and I'm hoping to have my mind made up by then.

tinkerbell54 2013-03-29 06:49:01 -0500 Report

I have not heard of this ? where did U hear about this at ? would please tell me? Tinkerbell54

missymoose13 2013-03-29 09:54:42 -0500 Report

All it is is the medic alert symbol that's on the bracelet or necklace were supposed to wear and people put DIABETIC if you go online and type diabetic tattoos you'll see a whole lot of ideas it can range in size from a quarter to your whole arm I'm still thinking about it because I work in offices

raccoon mana
raccoon mana 2013-03-29 04:16:30 -0500 Report

i know quite a few doctors, yes doctors. and nurses that have visible tattoos. body art such as tattoos has become more acceptable in many professions. besides native smericans and other cultures have had tattoos for hundreds of years if anyone question your tattoo explain its for medical reasons and could ssa e your life. thats all the busy bodies need to know