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From Hamburg, New York, USA:

I am a seventeen year old type 1 diabetic that is wondering if it is okay for a diabetic to get their nose pierced? I read your response to another girl about getting her tongue pierced. You told her that diabetic risks, such as a higher infection rate, would decrease when getting something pierced if your A1c is lower than or between 7.0 to 7.5. My A1c is 6.5. I have very good control of my diabetes since I have had it for 15 years and I know what is good for me and what isn't. I eat healthy and exercise daily. Do you feel that it is impossible for a diabetic to get a piercing without any more complications than a non-diabetic would have?


I think that you will always be at increased risk for infections and healing from those infections when you have diabetes and you choose to have a piercing. Whether you're comfortable with that increased risk or not is entirely up to you.


Original posting 4 Jan 2005
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