This is the one about diabetes tattoos.

hello kitty tattoo type 2 diabetesWhat are the purpose of diabetes tattoos?

I’m not trying to be judgemental with this post.  I’m seriously just hoping to unpack some of my thoughts on the topic.

I have good friends (online and off) that sport cute diabetes-related tattoos and I’ve even toyed with the idea of getting one myself.  And I’ve read that there is a growing number of people who are using tattoos as a more permanent medical alert.  In fact, The Canadian Medical Association Journal reported last May that medical tattooing appears to be increasing, partly because of the cost of medical alert bracelets.

medical alert tattoo for person with diabetes diabeticBut here’s my question: Do medical responders even look for diabetes tattoos?  Is this something they are trained to do?  I have heard people say that EMTs aren’t even so good at finding medical alert jewelry when it’s worn around the neck.  I struggle to see how a tat would do the job.

As I said a few paragraphs ago, I’m not writing this to be judgemental.  I’m really just curious if anyone (any EMTs reading?) has any insight on this.

I do have opinions about people that get tattoos to mark the dates that they were diagnosed (diaversary) or just because they feel that diabetes has become a part of their character.  To them I say, “hell yea!”

I came across the tattoo below on Reddit’s diabetes sub-group and it cracked me up.

wilfred brimley tattoo diabetus diabetes diabetic

There’s certainly no argument that this tattoo doesn’t serve as a medical alert…but it’s still pretty badass.

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One thought on “This is the one about diabetes tattoos.

  1. I am an EMT and also the proud owner of the Wilford tattoo. In my area we find very few patients wearing any sort of alert, be it jewellery or tattoo. This could be different in other regions/countries.

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