Did Reddit just discover a new form of diabetes? And if so, what does it have to do with tattoos?
Diabetes is a disease that affects a person's ability to process the hormone insulin properly. When a person's pancreas is working normally, it will release insulin to help your body store and utilize sugar from the food you consume. However, a person with diabetes may produce very little insulin (if at all) or their body may not respond properly to the insulin their pancreas does produce.
There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 and gestational. Type 1 can affect people of any age and is brought on by a person's immune system attacking the insulin-producing cells in their pancreas. Type 2, the most common type, primarily affects individuals over 40 and occurs when a person's cells become resistant to insulin and sugar builds up in the bloodstream. Gestational occurs in pregnancy when the placenta produces hormones that make the body resistant to insulin. But have you heard of tattoo diabetes?
A man on Reddit brought up the question, "what is tattoo diabetes?" after hearing about it from his aunt. However, a user quickly corrected the mistake and hilarity quickly ensued.
So there you have it, you don't get diabetes from tattoos, unless your ink is made of corn syrup -- in which case you have bigger problems. Looks like this was less of a question for r/askdoctors and more for r/boneappletea.
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