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Type 1 Diabetes Tattoos

No matter where you look, more and more people are getting tattoos. These permanent pieces of art may not be for everyone, but some have decided that a tattoo could serve as a form of medical ID. No matter what the reason, getting a tattoo is a personal decision and if done properly, can leave you with a beautiful and worthwhile patch of skin.

If you have type 1 diabetes and you are considering getting a tattoo, please keep the following in mind:

  • Support: Speak with your doctor or diabetes educator before getting a tattoo. It is advisable to have their support in this decision.
  • Glucose control: When blood glucose is high, the healing process needed with a tattoo may be impaired. For the best outcome, keeping blood glucose levels below 180 mg/dL is your best defense! There is no reason a person with diabetes cannot get inked as long as glucose control is maintained in a safe range.
  • Safety: Get it done right! Look for a tattoo artist with a positive reputation or reviews; as well as one who works in a clean, well maintained tattoo parlor. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
  • Follow the Rules: Carefully follow the instructions provided to you by your artist for Post-Tattoo Care. 
  • In Oklahoma, you must be 18 years of age to get a tattoo. 

If you would like to add your T1t at to our photo gallery, please text it to (405) 205-3185.