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April 2, 2000

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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?

Answer:

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.

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