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New Research Reveals Need for Doctors to Know About Medical Tattoos
Date:4/21/2009

HOUSTON, April 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More people are turning to a new trend to let others know about their medical condition - tattooing. A case report will be presented Friday, May 15, at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) 18th Annual Meeting & Clinical Congress shedding light on this new phenomenon, while urging discussion from the medical community.

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One of the most obvious benefits of medical tattooing is for identification purposes in an emergency situation, especially for patients with diabetes, when a patient may be incapacitated - particularly in the case of hypoglycemic coma. However, it also poses some health concerns - ones that the study's primary author, Saleh Aldasouqi, MD, FACE, feels the medical community may need to weigh in on.

"Like it or not, tattooing for purposes of medical alerts is a phenomenon that is now occurring," Dr. Aldasouqi said. "It's imperative that the medical community take note and that, perhaps, appropriate regulation of the practice be proposed, especially for patients with diabetes."

Once that happens, Dr. Aldasouqi hopes that patients and their doctors can sit down, analyze the risks and benefits, and make an informed decision together.

Also at the 2009 AACE 18th Annual Meeting & Clinical Congress, diabetes experts will analyze the NICE-SUGAR study's impact on inpatient glycemic control. Other topics of interest include a look at the wide ranging impact of vitamin D in the human body, and clinical recommendations for the treatment of prediabetes - America's largest healthcare epidemic.

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