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Is It Safe For Diabetics To Get A Tattoo?

Tattoos & T1d

Tattoos & T1d

People with Type 1 diabetes often wonder whether or not getting a tattoo is a safe option for them. We have good news – you can safely get “inked,” but just like anyone else, there is certain protocol and things to keep in mind to ensure that you have the best tattoo experience possible. Standard Safety Precautions Find a licensed/accredited tattoo parlor with experienced artists. Be certain that the needle being used is brand new and sterile. Make sure the artist autoclaves their machine between customers. Ink pots should be disposable. Ask your tattoo artist to put a temporary sticker/rendering of your tattoo on your body before committing to the permanent ink, to be sure that it is exactly what you want! T1D-Specific Risks Healing time According to many tattoo artists and doctors, the only hesitation with regards to a person with diabetes getting a tattoo has to do with the overall healing time. If your diabetes it not well managed, the body will take much longer to heal. It is important to make sure that your A1C is within a healthy range before considering getting your tattoo. Infection In addition to healing time, poorly managed diabetes can put your tattoo site at a much higher risk for infection. Regardless of your A1C, it is important to keep an eye on the tattoo as it heals, and follow the after-care instructions given to you by your tattoo artist. Tattoo locations Certain areas on the body can be trickier than others for tattoo placement if you have poor blood circulation, which makes them more susceptible to infection. Some examples are: feet, shins, ankles, and buttocks. Check your blood sugar! Depending on the size and detail of your tattoo, your appointment could last quite a while. Be sure to bring your blood sugar meter, CGM, insulin, snacks, quic Continue reading >>

Diabetes And Tattoos: Case Study And Guidance

Diabetes And Tattoos: Case Study And Guidance

A 29-year-old woman with insulin-dependent diabetes noted a painful erosion at the site of the tattoo which she had gotten 7 days before. A culture isolated staphylococcus aureus confirming the clinical impression of staph. This diagnosis was not entirely unexpected, since patients with diabetes mellitus are predisposed to staphylococcal infection. An oral cephalosporin cleared the cellulitis, leaving the tattoo a little distorted. The tattoo artist blamed the cellulitis on the patient’s failure to take proper care of the wound site. However, the lack of recurrent infections in the patient’s history indicates that she probably was not a carrier, and the infection grew from a new source. Tattoos are very popular, especially with teens. But the tattoo application process and aftercare, which can be long, painful and stressful, can create some problems for our diabetes patients. Blood pressure and blood sugar levels can both rise while a tattoo is being applied, and high blood sugar levels can also complicate the healing process, increasing the risk of infection. Other things to consider before getting a tattoo include…. Tattooist quality The tattoo studio should be licensed and/or accredited. The patients can also research the company’s reputation, and hygiene and safety practices. Safety and awareness The tattooist should be informed of the patient’s diabetes so they can tailor both the procedure and aftercare information. Placement Certain areas should be avoided including those with poor circulation, such as: Buttocks Shins Ankles Feet Common insulin injection sites such as arms, abdomen and thighs. Tattoos in these places usually take longer to heal, which can lead to complications (e.g. infection). Other Risks Allergic reactions – reaction to the substanc Continue reading >>

Can Diabetics Person Get Tattoos? Diabetes Self Caring

Can Diabetics Person Get Tattoos? Diabetes Self Caring

Diabetes and Tattoos: Is it Safe for Diabetics to Get Tattooed? Diabetes and Tattoos: Is it Safe for Diabetics to Get Tattooed? Its often a great interest for many to get inked on their body. Tattoos, as people term it, is quite an art in itself and getting a dose of that art close up to the body, how could anybody not be interested in? No doubt, why the popularity soared such high for tattoos. But hold on, is everything as sunny and bright as it seems. Not that it is. Tattoos are worth getting inked for but only when you have control over your body and in a good steady condition. Getting inked while suffering from diabetes or any other medical complications would cause enough harm for you. We here would deal with the relation between tattoo and diabetes in our todays column. Wed further seek answers as to whether getting a tattoo is safe for diabetic patients. So off we go for Diabetes and Tattoos: Is it Safe for Diabetics to get Tattooed? Is it safe for diabetics to get tattooed? How does tattoo affect a diabetic patient? Getting a tattoo isnt wrong on its own. Its more about the after effects and the healing process that affects a diabetic patient while getting a tattoo. A diabetic patient should be known to the disease management issue and should possess a sound control over the blood sugar and glucose levels. If a diabetic patient without having proper control over their condition seeks to have a tattoo, the healing process and more can cause dangerous consequences for the person. There are quite a few risks to be fair with getting inked for diabetic patients. On a general note, the infection and complications are what affects a diabetic patient after undergoing through the needle. Going up, more cases like an allergic reaction, skin relation infections like keloi Continue reading >>

Getting Inked: Tattoos And Diabetes

Getting Inked: Tattoos And Diabetes

Though you need to take extra precautions, tattoos are generally safe for people with well-controlled diabetes, and they can even be designed as medical alert identification. Should you get one? Permanent body art has become more and more popular with each generation since World War II, with 38 percent of Millennials (ages 18 to 34 in 2015) and 32 percent of Gen X-ers (ages 35-50) sporting tattoos, according to Pew Research Center. That’s more than twice the number of tattooed Baby Boomers (ages 51 to 69) and five or six times the number of those 67 and over. Ink Identity Tattoos may be a way of identifying with a group, or even a generation, but they are also a way of expressing uniqueness. Most college students surveyed about the process and significance of their tattoos said they considered the pros and cons for months before committing to permanent ink. Most had their tattoos applied at professional studios and were happy with the results. The majority chose an area of their body for tattooing that could be easily covered. Medical Tattoos There are a several reasons why someone might get a tattoo for medical purposes or as result of a medical procedure. A tattoo can cover a disfiguring scar, add a nipple to a reconstructed breast or redirect light away from a damaged eye. Researchers are currently working on “smart” tattoos that use nanoparticle ink or tiny LEDs implanted in the skin to keep track of glucose levels. Meanwhile, inked wrists and forearms have begun to replace medical alert bracelets for some people who require special attention in an emergency, such as anyone who uses insulin or is allergic to specific types of medication. If you dislike, or often forget to wear, medical alert jewelry, you may be more likely to consider a diabetes alert tattoo. Continue reading >>

Diabetes & Tattoos: The Only 2 Things You Need To Know

Diabetes & Tattoos: The Only 2 Things You Need To Know

Diabetes & Tattoos: The ONLY 2 Things You Need to Know Diabetics cant or shouldnt get tattoos would likely be uttered from the same person who would say people with diabetes cant or shouldnt eat carbs. Not only is it an ignorant, projected opinion filled with misinformation, but it is simply incorrect. For some odd reason, people with diabetes get treated like we have leprosy and get told we cant do anything and that gets pretty frustrating at times especially because it is the furthest thing from the truth! Getting a tattoo is a personal choice and if you decide to get a tattoo, diabetes or no diabetes, you need to make sure of the following: The tattoo shop is accredited, licensed, up-to-date legally, and clean The tattoo artist has good reviews not only of the quality of his or her work (no one wants a bad tat, right?) but the healing process You are willing to 100% adhere to the healing procedure as directed by your artist There are many in-home, or street tattoo artists that might be cheaper but never risk your health to save a buck. After all, cheaper doesnt mean better and, in most cases, means worse in terms of quality. By simply following the advice above, getting a tattoo shouldnt be a problem for the average non diabetic but as a diabetic, there are 2 huge areas of caution you need to be aware of: your A1C and your healing time. A1C Requirements for Diabetics Getting Tattoos As much as we sometimes HATE checking and living by our A1C, it is a relatively good tool that lets us know how are blood sugar has been. If you really want to get some fresh ink, whether its a small tattoo or a sick sleeve, you need to be sure your A1C is in check. Having a high A1C going into a tattoo session can provide a plethora of problems. Elevatedblood sugar levels mean decreased Continue reading >>

6 Tattooing Tips For People With Type 1

6 Tattooing Tips For People With Type 1

A tattoo aficionado with Type 1 shares his experience on getting some ink done. I wanted to get a tattoo, but people discouraged me from doing it because of my Type 1 diabetes. The naysayers told me that we didn’t heal well enough, that we got infections too easily, that there was just too much risk. But then I began noticing people with diabetes-related tattoos. Some people were getting them on their wrists in place of MedicAlert bracelets. Others were getting more elaborate tattoos on other parts of their bodies. I learned about Darren Brass, a Miami tattoo artist with Type 1 diabetes. I read in Diabetes Mine about a columnist’s tattoo. Apparently we could get inked. sponsor Of course, as with everything in life, people with diabetes have some additional things to think about when it comes to tattoos. There are risks involved, as a tattoo is an open wound. Some people with diabetes heal slower than others, making the open wound more prone for infection. Many of us also deal with poor circulation, making tattoos on areas furthest from the heart a little more risky. After doing my research, I decided to get a diabetes-related tattoo of my own. At first I thought it would be a great idea to get a MedicAlert tattoo. But as I thought about it more, I decided a more elaborate diabetes-related tattoo would be a way to own my diabetes. No hiding, no ignoring, no running away, it would be a constant reminder to me. This is what I did to make sure my first tattoo went smoothly: -Made sure my A1C score was less than 7.0. -Made sure my 14-day blood sugar average was below 140 mg/dL. -Got my doctor’s approval before going under the pen. -Made sure I picked the right artist, one who had a good reputation and a clean parlor. -Brought a snack and checked my blood sugar at least Continue reading >>

Tattoos And Diabetes

Tattoos And Diabetes

Tweet Tattoos are a popular form of body art that involves using needles to inject ink under the skin. Having diabetes doesn't mean you can't have a tattoo, but before deciding to have one done you must be well and ensure that your diabetes is well controlled. High blood sugar levels, for example, can complicate the healing process and increase the risk of infection. Blood pressure should also be kept within the recommended target range. Bear in mind that your blood sugar level may rise whilst your tattoo is being applied. As this process can be quite long, painful and somewhat stressful, particularly if you've chosen a large and complex design - another reason why they must be stable before the procedure starts. However, they should return to normal the next day. Other things to consider before getting a tattoo include: Placement Permanent body art can be applied to nearly every part of the body. For people with diabetes, there are certain areas that should be avoided including those with poor circulation, such as: Buttocks Shins Ankles Feet Common insulin injection sites such as arms, abdomen and thighs. Tattoos in these places usually take longer to heal, which can lead to complications (e.g. infection). Design Tattoo designs are usually based on things that are meaningful or significant to the individual. For a person with diabetes, this could be something that includes clear medical symbols and/or text that indicates their condition. These so-called 'diabetes tattoos' have become quite common in recent years, with many diabetics using them to replace medical jewellery as a permanent form of diabetes identification. Design inspiration Members of the Diabetes.co.uk Facebook page shared their tattoos with us. Have a look, they're certainly a source of inspiration. Thi Continue reading >>

Tattoos, Pedi's, And Other Diabetes No-no's

Tattoos, Pedi's, And Other Diabetes No-no's

As PWDs (people with diabetes), we face a huge laundry list of things we're supposed to do, and an equally long list of things we're not supposed to do, including having pedicures, getting waxed, or making any kind of permanent change to our bodies, namely getting pierced or tattooed. But where did these rules come from? And are they really worth listening to in this day and age? Today, Allison and I take a look a few of these "diabetes no-no's" to see what you can really get away with. Pedicures Amy: I didn't realize what a diabetes rebel I was until I read Kerri's recent post about the taboo on pedicures with diabetes. What the ... ? She was told as a youngster never to set foot in a nail salon, and has been afraid to do so ever since. I, on the other hand, who was diagnosed at age 37, happen to live for salon pedicures. I have for a number of years now. I've even been to several mani-pedi birthday parties for friends here in the San Francisco Bay Area. My girlfriends and I just love the love salon experience. Nothing is quite as relaxing as sitting in that automatic-massage chair and having your feet luxuriously cleaned and pampered by a professional. You pick out youir colors and then plunge your feet into that little foot-sized hot tub to soak in fragrance water before they even get started... mmmm... Could I cut my toenails at home and paint them myself? Certainly I could. I just don't want to. I know that there are many myths / rumors / warnings out there about salons that carry bacteria, but I, fortunately, have never had a negative experience, even after dozens (hundreds?) of salon pedicures. Salons have to be licensed by each state, and I always look for licensing information, usually displayed on the walls. I also look for general cleanliness clues, like wher Continue reading >>

Tattoos And Diabetes Is It Safe To Get A Tattoo?

Tattoos And Diabetes Is It Safe To Get A Tattoo?

The best way to know if its safe for you to get a tattoo with diabetes is to see your doctor or healthcare provider. They can review your numbers, draw your A1C , and determine if your diabetes is controlled. If your diabetes is not well controlled , or if your blood pressure is elevated, you should take measures to get both within range prior to getting a tattoo. After you are evaluated by the healthcare provider and they confirm that your diabetes is under control, you will be given clearance to get a tattoo or a piercing. It will also be a good idea to have the doctor write a note, or even a prescription, in the attention of the tattoo parlor or piercing clinic that will be performing the procedure. Normally, a tattoo or piercing establishment will take the word of the client, and the forms that you fill out there should have a question about diabetes, and whether its controlled. Your response should be honest on the form, and if your diabetes is not well-controlled, lying about it could be to your peril. The question is on the form for your own safety, Understand that it is imperative that your diabetes must be controlled, along with your blood pressure, prior to obtaining a piercing or tattoo with diabetes. Considerations for getting a tattoo or piercing with diabetes There are many things that your doctor or healthcare provider should consider prior to giving you the ok for the procedure, even with your blood sugar and A1C in your target ranges . If its a tattoo, your doctor may want to know its location on your body. Areas farther away from the heart and areas with poor blood flow are harder to heal, and people with diabetes may have existing compromised circulation in these areas. If its a body piercing, where will it be placed is important to consider. Will ga Continue reading >>

Creating Diabetes Tattoos That Sense Changes In Blood Sugar

Creating Diabetes Tattoos That Sense Changes In Blood Sugar

It’s not often that the words “cool” and “diabetes” get used in the same sentence, but researchers at MIT and Harvard have joined the two concepts with an idea for creating tattoos that change color based on the blood sugar level of the person wearing them. The project has the oddly dystopian name of the Dermal Abyss (or, as they call it d-abyss) and is a collaboration between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab and Harvard Medical School, according to Katia Vega, a post doctoral associate at MIT and a member of the team. “The Dermal Abyss is a proof-of-concept that illustrates the potential of culturally and medically integrated biosensors,” Vega says. “They are biosensor tattoos that visibly react to changes in the metabolism. The purpose of the work is to light the imagination of biotechnologists and stimulate public support for such efforts.” The tattoos they designed will not be showing up in a pharmacy or tattoo shop any time soon. “The purpose of the work is to highlight a novel possibility for biosensors rather than bring a medical device to market,” Vega says. “As such, there are currently no plans to develop the Dermal Abyss as a product or to pursue clinical trials.” Like a hot concept car, there is real technology in the tattoos that were produced for the project. Various iterations of the tattoos sense changes not only in glucose but in pH, which can indicate dehydration and changes in sodium ion, which can give indications of hypertension. For glucose, the colors change from a light blue at a reading of five, and go through five shade changes until it’s dark brown at a reading of 110. The team at d-abyss inserted biosensors in place of traditionally used tattoo ink into skin from a pig at a depth of 10 millimeter Continue reading >>

I Have Diabetes. Can I Get A Tattoo?

I Have Diabetes. Can I Get A Tattoo?

Tattoos. They are more popular than ever. Today, more than 45 million Americans have at least one tattoo. But if you have diabetes , getting a tattoo may pose unique risks. Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy As diabetes educators, people sometimes ask us for advice about getting a tattoo. When you have diabetes, you really have to consider the physical consequences of everything you do. How does my blood sugar affect risks associated with tattoos? People may not realize that to get a tattoo, the skin is pierced between 50 and 3,000 times a minute by a tattoo machine. Your skin is a barrier that protects you from infections. Getting a tattoo breaks this barrier. A tattoo affects the dermis, or the second layer of skin, because the cells of the dermis are more stable than the first layer, or epidermis. Piercing skin at this level poses unique risks to people with diabetes. If your blood sugars are not in good control, your immune system is also affected putting you at even higher risk for infection and potential difficulty fighting it off. Tattooing is under strict hygiene rules from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because of this risk of infection. The needles must only be used once and the tattoo artist must wear gloves while doing the work. According to the FDA, among the most severe infections that can be transmitted is hepatitis. If you have considered the risk, and still want to get a tattoo, remember to do the following: Talk to your doctor first. Its important to discuss your particular case with your doctor so he or she can assess your individual risk. Involving your doctor is even more important as the American Dia Continue reading >>

The Safe Way To Get Ink When You Have Diabetes

The Safe Way To Get Ink When You Have Diabetes

There was a time when tattoos were something only sailors, bikers, and other hard-livin’ rebels inked into their skin. Now 1 in 5 people have at least one—tattoos aren’t taboo anymore. But can someone with diabetes get one? Of course! And if you’re thinking about getting a medical alert tattoo, you’re taking a great step to ensure proper care in case of emergency. What are the Risks? Suzanne Ghiloni, B.S.N, R.N., C.D.E., a nurse educator at Joslin Diabetes Center, says tattoo precautions for patients with diabetes aren’t all that different from anyone else getting a tattoo. “Make sure the parlor you choose is licensed, state inspected, and clean,” she says. When choosing a tattoo parlor, ask about how they manage their equipment. The shop you choose should: Have a licensed/accredited tattoo artist (preferably someone with artistic talent) Use a brand new needle just for you Autoclave their tattoo machines between customers Use disposable ink pots “The only time I’d be hesitant is if the person has uncontrolled diabetes,” says Ghiloni. Her advice to anyone with diabetes, “get your HBA1C in a good range before you go to the tattoo parlor.” The reason: if your levels are out of control, you put yourself at risk for slower healing, nasty infections and, in severe cases, amputation. “A person with diabetes need to be hyper-vigilant about preventing infection,” says Ghiloni. “Follow all the aftercare precautions.” Stephan Lanphear, an award winning tattoo artist who helped legalize tattoo parlors in Massachusetts, is also a Joslin patient living with type 1 diabetes. During the legalization process, Lanphear helped the board of health write guidelines and regulations for the tattoo industry. “Health releases in tattoo studios have a questio Continue reading >>

Can People With Diabetes Get Tattoos And Piercings? What To Know Before You Go

Can People With Diabetes Get Tattoos And Piercings? What To Know Before You Go

So you’ve been admiring a friend’s tattoo for a while and want to get some ink of your own. Or maybe you’ve finally mustered the courage to get your upper ear pierced or think a stud in your nose is the perfect way to polish off your look. But you have type 2 diabetes. Does that mean body art is off the table? Happily, no. “Someone with diabetes should be able to live just like everyone else,” says Joanne Rinker, RD, CDE, the director of practice and content development for the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), who is based in Asheville, North Carolina. “Your lifestyle shouldn’t be impeded, but you may have to take an extra step or two to be safe about it,” she says. About 30 percent of Americans have at least one tattoo, according to a 2016 Harris Poll. And you can probably be one of them. Go ahead and get the tattoo or piercing of your dreams, but first, there are a few precautions to keep in mind. Diabetes and Infections: Why Tattoos and Piercings May Affect Your Risk While the American Diabetes Association (ADA) hasn’t issued a position on body art, diabetes experts pull from smart recommendations based on clinical knowledge of how someone with diabetes may heal and the complications they may face. “The skin is your body’s largest organ and protects you from the outside world. When there’s an opening in the skin, which is what happens during a tattoo or piercing, there’s always the opportunity for an infection,” explains Suzanne Ghiloni, RN, CDE, a nurse educator at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. The risk of infection is why you’re encouraged to perform good foot care and avoid, as best you can, getting cuts on your feet. And it's not just a theoretical problem; a study published in October 2012 in JAMA reported on a Continue reading >>

Diabetes And Tattoos

Diabetes And Tattoos

Tattoos have been gaining popularity for decades. The permanent body art that was once considered edgy is nowpretty much mainstream. Getting inked still isnt for everyone, but about 30% of Americans now have at least one tattoo on their body. Tattoos have become part of the social norm, but theres still confusion abouttheir safety. For the nearly 10% of Americans living with diabetes, conflicting advice exists about whether diabetes and tattoos are a safe mix. Is it safe for diabetics to get tattooed? Diabetics can definitely get tattooed, but there are extra precautions to take. If youre a diabetic whos planning on getting a tattoo, consider these important factors. Healing time. A tattoo needle pierces your skin thousands of times, leaving a wound that your body needs to heal. Diabetes can damage nerves and blood vessels, and most diabetic bodies take longer to heal. If you have diabetes, expect longer than the typical 2 weeks for your body to repair itself after a tattoo. Increased risk of infection.While a tattoo is healing, your body isleft open to infection.Be sureto choose a reputable tattoo shop and follow aftercare instructions to keep tattoos clean as they heal. If you notice any of the following signs of infection, contact your doctor ASAP. Pus or a bad smell coming from the tattoo Blood glucose/HbA1C.Ask your doctor if your diabetes is controlled enough to get tattooed. Poor blood sugar control can increase your healing time and risk of infection. Consider the location.Lower extremities like feet and legs have poor circulation and take the longest to heal. Be well prepared.Come prepared to check your blood sugar and have a snack if needed. Inform your tattoo artist that youre diabetic so that they can keep a close eye on you throughout the session. In case Continue reading >>

Is It Safe For A Diabetic To Get A Tattoo?

Is It Safe For A Diabetic To Get A Tattoo?

While I can’t comment on the effects of every health condition in connection with getting tattoos, as the mother of a Type 1 diabetic I am (sadly) intimately acquainted with this disease. And since diabetes affects all ages and all walks of life, and there are over 24 million people just in the United States suffering from one form of the illness or another, it’s understandable that a large number of diabetics will eventually find themselves contemplating a tattoo. But is that a good idea? Is it safe for a diabetic to be tattooed? Type 1 vs. Type 2 Diabetes First, it’s good to understand the distinction between the two major forms of diabetes— Type 1, which is often referred to as Juvenile Diabetes, and Type 2, which used to be called “Adult Onset” Diabetes. The terms Type 1 and Type 2 are more accurate because sometimes adults can get Type 1, and sometimes kids can get Type 2. And while both forms of the disease have similar symptoms, they are actually very different. Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease, which basically means that the immune system gets confused and accidentally starts attacking good cells instead of bad ones. In the case of Type 1 diabetes, the body attacks the islet cells of the pancreas, which are responsible for producing insulin. Without insulin, none of us can survive; insulin serves as a key to unlock the sugar in our body and turn it into energy. Without that key, the sugar builds up in the body and becomes toxic. Currently there is no way to prevent Type 1 diabetes, no way to stop it once it has started attacking the pancreas, and no cure. Type 1 diabetics depend on an outside source of insulin to stay alive – many of them take up to eight injections of insulin a day or, as in the case of my daughter, wear a pump that deliv Continue reading >>

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