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Diabetes and tattoos



Is it safe for a person with type 2 diabetes to get a tattoo?


I would say there is probably little difference in safety between a person with type 2 diabetes getting a tattoo and anybody else getting a tattoo as long as the blood sugars are under control at the time of the tattoo placement.  There could be some additional risk of infection at that time if the blood sugars are out of control.


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Robert M Cohen, MD Robert M Cohen, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati