OK, so as the date approaches that I'm getting my first tattoo and I'm trying to keep my BG levels in control, do you guys have a suggestions as to what levels are the lowest and/or highest that I should have my BG levels during the procedure. I know I will be checking my BG before, during and after, but I am not sure what would be a safe number to keep or look out for while the artist is doing the tattoo on me. Any suggestions? Thanks guys, I appreciate your input.
I would look to do it when you don't have a lot of insulin on board, so your BG will be relatively "flat" during the procedure?
Well, I don't take insulin, just metformin. But I understand what you mean by having my BG relatively flat. Thanks.
I agree with AR - you're going to produce a lot of adrenaline, so I would keep a snack/drink nearby.
As for your initial query, I don't know what to say...I've never paid much attention to the BGs in prep for a tattoo. My most recent finished up last May (I went every other week for 2 months for 3 hours per sitting) and I went from the hours of 11-2 so I didn't have lunch at my normal time, and just shifted things a bit. Never had any issues whatsoever w/BGs before or during...have experienced some light lows after but nothing major.
I may have missed it in earlier posts, but what are you getting??? :)
good to know. I'm getting the wolf that is my profile picture. :)
Word - that's awesome!
Ooops, sorry I didn't scope out your profile! I would want my BG fairly "low", as opposed to high? I'd go for a walk. One of my martial arts buddies is a professor at the University of Illinois and has done psychology studies showing that exposure to greenspace makes you happier, along with smarter, or at least better able to perform on math tests? If you go for a walk first, it will nudge your BG lower and I think that the fresh air psych benefits would be good, particularly given the "natural" subject of your tattoo?
If you are producing adrenaline, I would think you wouldn't want a snack, as that would jack your BG up?
I only say a snack bc after all that adrenaline production (at least for me) can sometimes lead to a low later on...
Be prepared to sweat a lot - that's adrenaline, but if you feel wonky check the BGs ;)
Cool, thanks guys. I hadn't thought about a walk beforehand, but I think it would help with my BG levels as well as relax me a bit. I will have a snack on hand just in case. And if I start to sweat, I'll know why.