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can I get a tattoo with diabetes?

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I'm a diabetic can I get a tattoo


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replied June 20th, 2016
Diabetes Answer A57690
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Being a diabetic is not a contraindication for having a tattoo.

For people with diabetes, there are certain areas that should be avoided including those with poor circulation, such as - Buttocks, Shins, Ankles, Feet and 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).

In addition, proper aseptic and hygiene precautions have to be taken to avoid secondary infections, and your diabetes must also be 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.

The procedure must be done by a licensed artist and the reputation, safety techniques followed by the tattoo parlor must be taken into consideration.

I hope this helps.


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