I have heard that if your diabetic you cannot get tattoos or piercings. For me, I have 17 tattoos, and 13 piercings. No, I don't look like a tattoo and piercing freak. The tattoos I got all mean something, the shop I go to is very clean. You can eat something off the floor good. For my piercings, I have my tongue, nose, and lip, and ears pierced. I can wear outfits that you wouldn't even know I had a tattoo or piercing.

For health reasons, if you are a controlled diabetic I would say you can get a tattoo or piercing, but if you aren't you are putting your health in your own hands. I am anal retentive on my health. I still have good vision, my kidneys are great, and I do not have nerve damage.

Ask your doctor first if you are thinking about it. My doctors know all about mine and always ask if there is anything new.

Views: 326

Tags: 1, diabetes, piercings, tattoos, type

Comment by Robyn on November 4, 2009 at 11:16pm
I have 2 tattoos and my nose pierced and ears pierced. No problems for me, I have healed fast and no infections. Well, one infection when I got my nose done the first time, but it was because I took the stud out to early and slathered on sun block while on vacation. Had it re-pierced and so far so good.
If I was younger I would probably get another tattoo. :)
Comment by Dayle on November 5, 2009 at 6:58am
I've heard that the tattoo artist should know, too - maybe something about the ink? I told mine, but he didn't listen. Haven't had any trouble, but that was about 8.5 years ago....

I got a tattoo as a part of the process of accepting my diagnosis of type 1. Something there to remind me that life isn't going to throw anything at me that I can't handle.

Good topic - I would think the concern is about the re-healing process - which is a little gross anyway. Maybe folks should be sure that small cuts and the like are healing well before considering a tattoo or piercing? Or maybe not tat your feet if you're having PAD symptoms? Hmmm...

Thanks for sharing!


You need to be a member of Diabetes community by Diabetes Hands Foundation: TuDiabetes to add comments!

Join Diabetes community by Diabetes Hands Foundation: TuDiabetes



From the Diabetes Hands Foundation blog...

DHF Partners with HelpAround in an Effort to Connect People Touched by Diabetes

  Leer en español Technology has the amazing ability to ease the stress associated with diabetes; It simply makes our lives a little more bearable. That’s why we are excited to announce DHFs partnership with HelpAround. This new application will help Read on! →

La Diabetes Hands Foundation y HelpAround uniendo las personas tocadas por la diabetes

  Para nuestra comunidad de diabetes la tecnología ha venido a llenar muchos vacíos y a hacer de nuestras vidas un poco mas llevaderas. Eso mismo nos proporciona una nueva aplicación de geo-localización llamada HelpAround (Ayuda a tu alrededor). HA Read on! →

Diabetes Hands Foundation Team


Manny Hernandez
(Co-Founder, Editor, has LADA)

Emily Coles
(Head of Communities, has type 1)

Mila Ferrer
(EsTuDiabetes Community Manager, mother of a child with type 1)

Mike Lawson
(Head of Experience, has type 1)

Corinna Cornejo
(Development Manager, has type 2)

Desiree Johnson  (Administrative and Programs Assistant, has type 1)


Lead Administrator

Bradford (has type 1)


Lorraine (mother of type 1)
Marie B (has type 1)

Brian (bsc) (has type 2)

Gary (has type 2)

David (dns) (type 2)


LIKE us on Facebook

Spread the word


This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.

© 2014   A community of people touched by diabetes, run by the Diabetes Hands Foundation.

Badges  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Service