Tattoos and diabetic is it ok

By jaxsblf Latest Reply 2013-09-15 22:30:05 -0500
Started 2013-09-11 22:07:00 -0500

I have an old tattoo on my leg from about 25 years ago it horrible. Before diagnosed two weeks ago was planning to have it up dated covered with an except able new tattoo but unsure if now that is ok .
Can you get tattoos when you have diabetics ?
Is it safe as would be on ankle and foot?
Has anybody been tattooed since diagnose and had one on foot or ankle?
Do you tell tattoo artist?
Thanks :)

4 replies

KG66 2013-09-13 14:01:22 -0500 Report

I got a tattoo about 2 or 3 weeks ago and I have type 1. The tattoo artist asked me if I talked to my doctor and I did. They said as long as your numbers are good you should be fine. The only reason they worry more is because diabetics tend to heal slower than non diabetics. However so far for me it's looking good. As long as you follow your doctor and tattoo artist instructions you will be fine! :) I forgot to mention that the tattoo I got was my very first tattoo and I was diagnosed 2 years ago. My tattoo actually has the blue circle, which is the international sign for diabetes! :)

GabbyPA 2013-09-12 19:11:56 -0500 Report

There are many members who have been tattooed after their diagnosis. Most of them are diabetes oriented, but they are both simple and elaborate. The same things apply to anyone. Choose wisely your tattoo shop. Make sure there is not needle sharing and that the colors are in separate cups that are for you only. As Shelly said, make sure you have someone with you who knows how to detect if you are in trouble or tell the artist. I would say, take someone with you as the artist might not want that "responsibility".

Depending on your foot circulation, you may want to make it in a few stages to make sure you heal well down there first. If you don't have any complications, go for it. Then share it with us...we love to see body art.

ShellyLargent 2013-09-12 11:53:01 -0500 Report

Sure, diabetics can get tattoos. Yes, I would tell the artist that you are a diabetic and that, depending on how long your session is, you may need to take a break to check your blood sugar. They also need to know what signs to look for if you're going into a hypoglycemia episode, just in case. You may want to check your blood sugars before starting, sometime in the middle and then afterwards. You're going to want to follow the artists directions on after care very carefully so that it heals properly. You're also going to want to make sure you tightly control your blood sugars so that it heals properly as well. High sugars can delay the healing process or cause infections to set in.

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