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    Default Piercing with Diabetes?...

    I feel like I'm asking too many questions, but here it goes.

    I got diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes today, about four hours ago. Now I have another friend with Type 1 Diabetes, and her mum doesn't let her get piercings done because of it, although I don't really know why...

    How does Diabetes affect body piercing and tattoos, and does it mean I can't get them anymore? =/

    I hope this isn't the case. It's been a hard enough day already. Thank you guys...
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    It doesn't mean you cant get them anymore, but I think it's harder for them to heal or something, but if you've been getting them all this time then I don't see why you can't continue. I'm no expert, but we did have a member with diabetes who kept on getting pierced...even more than one actually.

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    As far as I know it may present longer healing times, found this for you.
    Current: 5 standard lobes, 2 0g lobes, 7 helices, 3 tragus, conch, daith, 2 nostril, septum, 3 MDs
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    Diabetics also suffer with poorer circulation - especially in the feet. When I was a pharmacy assistant we couldn't sell any type of plaster/foot healing product to a diabetic as loss of feeling often meant they had more severe foot problems.
    So I guess maybe tattoos on the feet/lower extremities could be a potential problem other than that it's more keeping your blood sugar levels correct to keep you in tip top condition and therefore capable of healing piercings/tattoos.
    It must be a blow but once you get your head round it all you'll feel more in control and hopefully all will stay well.

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    Thank you guys so much. I wasn't really planning on getting anything on my feet. I'm taking injections and keeping a close eye on my blood sugar levels, and I clean my piercings religiously when I get them...
    Hi, I'm Kerry
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    Current:
    Left ear: L
    obe (5mm), rook, anti-tragus,
    Right ear: Lobe (12mm), tragus, forward helix, conch
    Septum

    Right horizontal nipple

    Navel
    Right nostril

    Retired:
    Inverse Navel
    Left tragus

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    Your immune system is hindered when your diabetic so it makes piercings harder to heal, and creates stress for your body.

    Of course you can get and heal piercings, but I would definitely get one and 100% heal that. Ignore the '3 in 3 month' rule etc.


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    Thank you for the advice Kinda sucks really since I just got my forward helix done and was planning my tragus in a few weeks, but ah well. It's worth the wait if they heal properly
    Hi, I'm Kerry
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    Current:
    Left ear: L
    obe (5mm), rook, anti-tragus,
    Right ear: Lobe (12mm), tragus, forward helix, conch
    Septum

    Right horizontal nipple

    Navel
    Right nostril

    Retired:
    Inverse Navel
    Left tragus

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    Yes. I agree with everything people have said here - I know a lot of people with diabetes type 1, some are pierced, and it really does hinder you immune system. Just go 1 piercing at the time and always let it fully heal before the next one. ^^
    Also, it sucks that you got diabetes. :( It's a really life changing disease, IMO...
    I'm severely at risk of type 2 diabetes, which is not nearly as bad as type 1 since it's not insulin dependent, but I still have to be very careful with my eating and stuff. Good luck dealing with it. Keep strong!
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    Piercings: both lobes 26mm (first) and 5mm (second), 4mm septum, 6mm philtrum, 3mm princess diana, 1.6mm nipples, scaffold (left ear), cheeks and outer labia
    , bridge and chest microdermals

    Retired: too many. :(

    Tattoos: quite a few hours. left thigh, knee and forearm. right foot. chest. half backpiece. index fingers.

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    Thank you very much. I wish you the best of luck with avoiding Type 2 - I think it sounds a lot harder to manage than type 1 =/

    Thank you for all of your advice. It's really put my mind at ease
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    Current:
    Left ear: L
    obe (5mm), rook, anti-tragus,
    Right ear: Lobe (12mm), tragus, forward helix, conch
    Septum

    Right horizontal nipple

    Navel
    Right nostril

    Retired:
    Inverse Navel
    Left tragus

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    It's probably a good idea to mention it to your piercer when you're getting pierced as issues with your blood sugar may mean you're more likely to faint
    Got: Left Ear: Lobe (19mm/5mm/1.6mm), 4xhelix, 5mm conch

    Right Ear: Lobe (19mm/5mm/1.6mm), inner helix, orbital (Top)

    Other: 4xtongue (2/2.4/3.2mm), septum

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