Coming Soon!! Tattoos To Control Diabetes

By Avera Latest Reply 2009-05-21 11:21:55 -0500
Started 2009-02-14 00:55:35 -0600

Massachusetts-based Draper Laboratories is trying to develop a special tattoo ink that changes colour based on glucose levels inside the skin.

Nanotechnology researchers associated with the project believe that the injectable ink may one day prove helpful in freeing diabetics from painful blood glucose tests.

"It doesn''t have to be a large, over-the-shoulder kind of tattoo. It would only have to be a few millimeters in size and wouldn''t have to go as deep as a normal tattoo," Discovery News quoted Heather Clark, a scientist at Draper, as saying.

I posted the full article in the "News & Articles" section if you want to read more.


I vote "yes" for myself. What about you?

26 replies

Sarguillo 2009-05-21 11:21:55 -0500 Report

Yes, Yes, Yes yes yes. 1000 times yes. I already have a few tatts. The question is can my tat artist get his hands on the ink so he can do some skin art on me. Might be the perfect time to do a Diabetic alert tatt. Along with it, put what the colors mean underneath in case I am found passed out somewhere. I Love this idea.

lipsie 2009-05-21 04:18:54 -0500 Report

Yeah, I wonder what it would look like or change into. Cuz I want one REAL BAD on my neck like pretty large with the name "Ty", of course. *Smiles* though the other one I want is with kids names in a heart and rose type figure. Hmmm but being what its for I may shoot for something totally different just for the Diabetic thing, I dunno but I am for it!! Love yaaaaaaaas Sheila

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Dark - 44102 2009-05-21 03:22:16 -0500 Report

I would get one only after long research on it. because i have 2 tattoos already i also is it customizable you choose the color and the switch color cause i would love a good dark blue color but if i changes to pink i am sorry that is out of my class but i like the idea because a few of my friends are diabetics and they love their tattoos. i give it 2 thumbs up if it is safe

cyncyn 2009-05-20 21:56:38 -0500 Report

My son who has Type II, would definetely get one. He has several tats already. Great idea, if it works.

alwaystryin 2009-05-20 16:17:13 -0500 Report

This is a great example of how there are great people doing wonderful things on the research front. But what about how the actual DIABETIC feels about it and its affect either way.

I am pretty sure this Tatoo thing is the one that it sits on the skin like all the other 'patches' and has some tiny tiny needles that do a little stick to get a sample and result.

Ok…better than the current finger stick I suppose, but still somewhat 'invasive'. There was a Guest on Mark Johns Radio show last night. She invented the POPTEST product.

Here's some info…

Ashalka 2009-03-14 14:38:30 -0500 Report

I would get one in a nanosecond, the hard part would be deciding what design and where to put it.

vgarrison 2009-03-12 23:33:07 -0500 Report

I would deffinetly get one…well considering I already have a medical alert tattoo…yeah I would get one…hehe…

Blessed Be

P.S. I'M BACK!!!

dave1f 2009-03-12 21:40:17 -0500 Report

The problem would not be "if" I would get one, it's "what design" to get (and I have no tatoos now).

dave1f 2009-03-12 21:47:01 -0500 Report

Additionally, I had, already, read that they had had success with Nanoindicators for level or Salt in the system. It should work for Glucose level too.

bigjrm45 2009-03-12 21:53:28 -0500 Report

I agree with legs ,let me know where and how much and I would get it in a heartbeat

2009-03-12 21:59:05 -0500 Report

If I get one that looks like a Syringe is that defeating the purpose? LOL :) Maybe it should look like a meter?

2009-02-14 22:57:33 -0600 Report

I've got 41 now, this one would probably end up being my favorite of them all! I'd go in a heartbeat!

2009-02-14 12:16:06 -0600 Report

I would NOT get one. I'm not into tattoos at all. I would only go with what I would call the "regular" way of treating my diabeties, that is by medications, and other dr. prescribed treatments.

rbergman 2009-02-14 09:43:52 -0600 Report

I would get one, I got a tattoo when I was 19 but it wasn't all that painful and this would be much smaller.

On something not related to Diabetes I just heard on the news the other day that they have also come up with implants for blind people, they put the titanium implants under the skin between the thumb and forefinger so that when blind people shake hands they can run their finger over the braille under the skin to get the other person's name or whatever they chose to have implanted. I thought this was a pretty cool idea too.

Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann 2009-02-14 08:27:30 -0600 Report

I'd get one even though I hate them and the pain of getting one. My 19 year old daughter wants us to get matching tattoos but I won't do it. Maybe if they prove this works and is safe, I'll do it and have her get one to match.

GabbyPA 2009-02-14 07:27:29 -0600 Report

Just like the old mood rings of the 70' cool is that.
I would do one if it really was proven to be reliable. My husband would be thrilled, he wants me to get a tattoo so badly. LOL

roshy 2009-02-14 08:07:13 -0600 Report

that is the COOLEST thing ever!!! imagine that !!! id be the first one there with my design and everything!!! i wonder would that be covered be the long term illness board???
A cool multi coloured FREE tatoo!! a brill excuse to get one!!! my mam and dad hate them things!!!

"but dad if you want me to live a happy healthy life . . . . let me get the tatoo"

shanie1 2009-02-14 04:24:50 -0600 Report

That would be great,especialy if like me you don't get the warning signs of hypos. I am not a lover of tatoos, but would definately want that one…