A new study has discovered that people with tattoos were more likely to be diagnosed with mental health issues and to report sleep problems.
Researchers also found that people who had tattoos were more likely to be smokers, to have spent time in jail, and to have a higher number of sex partners in the past year.
However, the survey-based study also found that having tattoos was not significantly related to overall health status.
The survey was conducted in July 2016 and resulted in a sample of 2,008 adults living in the United States, according to researchers.
“Previous research has established an association between having a tattoo and engaging in risky behaviors,” said lead author Dr. Karoline Mortensen, a professor at the University of Miami. “In an era of increasing popularity of tattoos, even among women and working professionals, we find these relationships persist, but are not associated with lower health status.”
The study was published in the International Journal of Dermatology.
Photo: In a survey-based study published in the International Journal of Dermatology, having tattoos was not significantly related to overall health status, but individuals with tattoos were more likely to be diagnosed with a mental health issue and to report sleep problems. Credit: International Journal of Dermatology.