Thread: Piercing with Diabetes?...
11-02-2011, 04:55 PM #1
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...
11-02-2011, 05:03 PM #2Scarred_piercedGuest
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.
11-02-2011, 05:04 PM #3Current: 5 standard lobes, 2 11mm lobes, 7 helices, 3 tragus, conch, daith, 2 nostril, 5mm septum punch, 2.4mm VCH, upper conch, philtrum
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11-02-2011, 05:08 PM #4
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.
11-02-2011, 05:21 PM #5
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...
11-02-2011, 05:22 PM #6
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.
11-02-2011, 05:38 PM #7
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
11-02-2011, 05:44 PM #8
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!Now a piercer in the making.
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.
Others: split tongue. stomach scarification. some pulling and play piercing.____
11-02-2011, 05:48 PM #9
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
11-02-2011, 05:51 PM #10
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 faintGot: 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