Diabetic Tat's!

By bettymachete Latest Reply 2011-06-17 19:15:33 -0500
Started 2010-06-26 20:11:23 -0500

I just found this really interesting and wanted to post it here on a new science that is being researched.

Scientists have developed tattoo ink that changes its colour depending on the blood sugar level.

Doctors usually don’t encourage tattoos because inflamed skin and infections are a common case among the tattoo lovers. But the new type of tattoo developed by the researchers at Charles Stark Draper Laboratories in Boston, USA is considered to be very helpful in the struggle with diabetes.

Read More: http://www.tattooique.com/info/the-best-tatto...

56 replies

Type1Lou 2011-06-17 19:15:33 -0500 Report

Must be a generational thing…I don't see the attraction of tatoos, especially now that I'm at that sagging age…plus 4 insulin shots a day along with the blood tests are enough pin pricks for me!

gramme 2011-06-17 05:51:55 -0500 Report

I was just wondering..if this does come out…where will you go to get the tats at? I don't think I would want to go to a "tat parlor" for something like diabetic ink..just thinking

MOMMY_OF_AN_ANGEL 2011-03-09 17:59:21 -0600 Report

I have a tat.Its a baby boy angel in memory of my son Jonathan. Its about the size of a 5x7 pic. I just made sure I kept A&D baby rash cream on it (highly recommended for keepin it from drying, craking, peeling, etc) I made sure I kept really tight control of it at least 2 weeks before and until it was fully healed. Everything was fine! Thinkin of what Ima get next! ;)

Rickatie1122 2010-07-15 18:40:42 -0500 Report

Sign me up!!!!!!! I've always wanted to get one, but was afraid of the healing issues. Anyone who has one, did you have any issues? Thanx!!!

meen4x4 2010-07-19 10:13:17 -0500 Report

I didn't, but my blood sugar was under control at that time, I would like another one but my sugar seems to be on a rollercoaster ride right now

GangstaJinDaHOUSE 2010-07-07 16:29:17 -0500 Report

OMG. I need to get one of these! The hubby and I are just COVERED in tats. we luv them so much. Maybe Ill get a lil heart with diabetic ink? Dat wud be kinda ironic dont u think? :-0

Thanks for the info kelly,

Getenitright 2010-07-01 15:54:09 -0500 Report

I think it's a great idea. I don't have any tatoos, but i would consider getting one like this for myself. No more testing to see if a particular food spikes you and how long your blood sugar remains high. You can see how exercise affects you. So many things that both type 1 and 2's test for could be eliminated. Of course, we will still need to test for specific numbers, but general information could be elminated thereby reducing our cost of medical supplies. I agree, too bad that it's going to take so long before it is available.

Chrisi&Johnny 2010-07-01 15:36:02 -0500 Report

I am new to this site since yesturday and so far it has been benificial for us. My husband and I do not have insurance, and he hasn't tested, taken meds, or had his insuline shots in months and the only way he is tested is when he ends up in the hospital with severe nueropathy pains that become too intense that he has no other choice… He has type 1 diabetes and I hope that this new tattoo ink comes out soon because it would make it so much easier to control this dilema of ours since we have not been able to get the equipment to help us control his diabetes or meds & insuline. If this ink comes out anytime soon, we will both be getting new tats to help us, I am hypoglycemic so it would also help me in the long run!
I can't wait!!!

Diane987 2010-07-01 17:33:51 -0500 Report

Hi Chrisi & Johnny,

Welcome to DC! I saw this post and I had to write to you. The people on this site are incredibly helpful. If you look through some past discussions you will see lots of suggestions about how to get free or inexpensive meds and meters. An even easier way to get that information would be to start a discussion explaining that you are new and need help finding inexpensive meds and meters. You will get lots of information and suggestions that will help.

I will tell you now that Walmart has a meter called ReliOn that is only $12.

100 ReliOn strips are $39.

For free on inexpensive medications you might try Partnership for Prescription Assistance. You may have seen their commercials a few years ago with Montel Williams. They have many programs that you may qualify for and the service is free. They even have several pharmaceutical companies that participate in their service. One stop shopping for lost cost/free meds. The website is:

check out this link from this site it should help too.

Lymy 2010-06-30 21:39:18 -0500 Report

I talked to someone else about this subject. I'm sorry but they just are not for me. I cannot believe that so many women have them. I think they are degrading and disgusting. I hope I did not offend you because that certainly was not my intension. Please accept my apology.
Thank you,

bettymachete 2010-07-01 05:55:57 -0500 Report

Lymy, I am not offended by your thoughts at all. My Mother dislikes tattoo's as well. I will not engage in a debate about tats and the reasons people get them in order to change your opinion either. I like the ink I have, and when I got it I was empowered and it connects me to my culture and reminds me of my ancestors. I don't feel degraded or disgusted by it and that's all that matters, but to each their own. :) I guess I take after my Father in many ways he married outside his race which was looked down on by his elders too at one time.

Be Well,


nanaellen 2011-06-17 15:41:14 -0500 Report

I'm with you on this one! My Mom hated my tatoo's but I respected her enough to have them "Placed" in places which I could share… or ;) not share… with anyone else!! And who says it has to be a BIG tat anyway? Could be a DOT on the back of your hand! :)

petals 2010-06-30 18:53:47 -0500 Report

I have always wanted a tattoo, so I will get this when it comes out, just wish that I didn't have to wait so long for it.

ccritch 2010-06-30 10:12:24 -0500 Report

Interesting, I want to get another Tatoo a picture of my mom, she is still alive, but I just love this one picture of her she is so beautiful and I wanted to get it on my thigh or shoulder blade. I will look into this. Thanks Bettymachete for sharing!

God Bless

bettymachete 2010-06-30 10:18:57 -0500 Report

LOL how appropriate! You would constantly have your mother on your shoulder reminding you if you've had too much or too little, if you had it done in that special ink.

Swbtab03 2010-06-30 08:54:39 -0500 Report

Yeah interesting, but even with my mom dead, she would haunt me from her grave. I'm 42 and my mom would never let us get tattoos lol, I'm still afraid. She would find me.
If this is true though very interesting if it did this, really could keep a better eye on numbers going up or down, and truly see what foods you eat have a real effect on you.

HarmonyStarr 2010-06-29 17:42:37 -0500 Report

I love this idea! I've always wanted to get a tattoo, but never got around to it. But I would definitely find the time and money to get one if this ever does come to pass.

Maleah8 2010-06-29 16:49:37 -0500 Report

That is the BEST idea I ve heard of yet!!!
I just joined this site today. I kept thinking there has 2b a way to put a needle in my vein and put tape(like an IV) and it would give constant readings…I am going to check into that…
thanks a bunch Maleah8

Swbtab03 2010-06-30 08:57:39 -0500 Report

Welcome to a great site Maleah, great people here with great feedback.
Got diagnosed a few months back and use mostly this site for information.

LanieJ 2010-06-28 18:36:45 -0500 Report

This is an amazing breakthrough for us diabetics! I don't know why, but I can sit through 13 tats with no flinching, and looking forward to getting the next. However, my daily finger pricks multiple times still make me cringe! I currently do not have insurance and try not to test unless I am starting to feel my body telling me I need to. This would be much easier, as sometimes I mistake my warning signs or dont even notice them. I hope they really dont make us wait for ten years for this! My next tattoos are scheduled out…my cervical cancer survivor ribbon & angel…a turtle for my husband…and then my diabetes ribbon…would be great to have my ribbon with this special ink!

GabbyPA 2010-06-27 22:23:34 -0500 Report

I have been reading about this for over a year now and I was disappointed to read that it could be 10 years before it's ready to be used...how sad. I want a diabetic tattoo, and I would love to "kill two birds with one stone" with this. I just hate to wait so long. I guess I will have to do a traditional one and then find a way to upgrade it when it is available. I just think it's so neat...but then I do come from the "Mood Ring" generation.

LabRat90 2011-06-17 09:17:43 -0500 Report

I'm looking into a diabetic tatoo also. I'm still a little afraid; but if I could get the nana ink I would definitely go ahead and get it done.

bettymachete 2010-06-27 22:34:55 -0500 Report

I miss my mood ring, lost it in some clover one day…

MrsJgKENT 2011-03-09 19:05:15 -0600 Report

meeeeeeTooooooooooooooooooooo! I miss my mood ring…my 6th grade boyfriend wanted it back when we broke up!

GabbyPA 2010-06-27 22:37:00 -0500 Report

I have no idea what happened to mine, but I bet you could find it in the pocket of my hip-hugger bell bottom pants. =)

bettymachete 2010-06-28 12:03:44 -0500 Report

Well I think if a mood ring had to pick it's demise, it would happily leave the world in a pair of hip hugger bell bottoms for sure!

MAYS 2010-06-27 10:25:05 -0500 Report

I have to disagree with this one, a diabetics immune and endocrine system basically goes haywire due to the issues with glucose management.
I believe in living, but I am very careful about what goes in and on my body, possible infections and neurological problems, along with diabetes, are not worth the risk.
(in my opinion)


bettymachete 2010-06-27 11:07:06 -0500 Report

You are certainly entitled to your opinion:) Not every diabetic is the same. If I lived my life in fear of getting harmed I wouldn't be really living. I believe this is neat science. It's nice to see advancements on behalf of diabetics, that is obviously not coming from big pharma who would have something to lose, if this actually works. Loss of strip buyers, what kind of dent would that put in their pockets, eh? Diabetics come in all types, shapes colors and religions. some live life very worried about what's around the corner and others live very enthusiastic about what could be there … I am still going to do things that endanger my life everyday. I love walking barefoot in the grass, I love cooking and use sharp knives ( I often cut myself accidentally) I am not defined by this condition by any means.

I have ink, it's not for everyone but I certainly appreciate those that do. While diabetics should approach Tat's carefully but so should anyone, and it's aftercare the same with anyone, I don't think there is any reason to stop because they are diabetic. Most tat collectors are VERY VERY careful about aftercare anyway and the artists are normally very well versed in care of a diabetic client, they will tell you better places where to get them done. If they aren't well versed then there are plenty of other places to go that do. I'd also speak with my doc, if I was thinking about it.

MAYS 2010-06-27 11:40:06 -0500 Report

I agree with you 100% on the benefits of a color changing tat for diabetics.
Having many friends in the medical and pharmaceutical field and knowing that most products are brought to market more so for financial gain, rather than medical advancement (just being realistic) makes this highly unlikely because of the potential "loss revenue" for the manufacturers of diabetes related medical monitoring supplies (meters, strips, etc.)

There are many laws, attachments and other protective measures designed to protect the medical industry and to allow it to make a profit, first and foremost, in the name of medical science ($$$$), even if it means purchasing the rights to a product or it's technology just to keep it off the market.

I am all for anything that will help improve or possibly eliminate diabetes one day, hopefully for others long after I'm gone.

Don't ever stop living, do the things in life that make you happy, risk taking is done every moment that we are awake, some more controlled than others, life is worth living !


LennyDenny 2010-08-10 11:58:46 -0500 Report

I really admire your statement about living in fear and it not really being living. I see so many people that are diagnosed with something that could change their lives forever and just wait for something bad to happen. Yes we have diabetes and yes it's life changing, but I refuse to let that stop me. I'm around so many things in a days time that could be harmful but won't stop. If they come out with the right ink, I'm there. My health issues are big, heart, lung, diabetes, but I'm not quiting. We need to try something new every day. We need to live our lives to the fullest every day. Great statement.

Siddhartha 2010-06-27 07:49:03 -0500 Report

this would be a major breakthrough for diabetics. as a fellow tat collector, i would be first in line for this one.