April 2, 2000
Question from Miami, Florida, USA:
My 16 year old son has had diabetes since he was 13. He wants to get a tattoo. I don't know if people with diabetes type 1 should get a tattoo. Can a tattoo give him any skin problems or something?
The only potential problem is if the diabetes control is poor, there may be an increased chance of the tattoo area becoming infected. Otherwise, there is no real problem.