Johan Meier
6 min read

Can a diabetic person get a tattoo?

A Diabetic Person CAN Get Tattooed

Yes. In short, you just have to beware of the healing process, not stress and make sure your artist knows you have diabetes. 

The risks

Getting tattooed can potentially be dangerous for people with diabetes if they do not take proper precautions. This happens because they have a higher risk of developing infections and also generally have slower healing times (due to their weakened immune system and decreased blood circulation). 

This can lead to complications such as skin infections, poor wound healing, and even sepsis.

In addition, getting a tattoo can be a stressful experience, which can cause blood sugar levels to rise. This increase in stress hormones can also interfere with the body's healing process, making it more difficult for the tattoo to heal properly.

Therefore, it is important for people with diabetes to take extra precautions when getting a tattoo, such as making sure their blood sugar levels are well controlled, choosing a reputable tattoo artist and studio, and following proper aftercare instructions to minimize the risk of complications.

How to proceed

Talk to your doctor

He should know about your plans to get a tattoo and ask for advice on how to manage your blood sugar levels before and after the procedure.

Get a good tattoo artist

Look for a studio that follows proper hygiene and sterilization practices to minimize the risk of infection. You should be able to rest assured that the needles and the equipment used for your tattoo are new and disposable.

Start small

If you don't know how your body is going to react, start with a small job and progressively (throughout several sessions) build around your tattoo or create other pieces. The real danger is in going above your limit and only you know what yours is. 

A Rigorous aftercare

Follow the aftercare instructions provided by your tattoo artist and make sure to keep the area clean and dry. If you notice any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or discharge, contact your doctor immediately.

If you follow these instructions, you should be fine and rocking awesome ink in no time.

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