Tattoos Linked to Earlier Death

the MPR take:

Having a tattoo may mean an earlier death, says a new report in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology. Investigators compared the deaths of people with and without tattoos and found that people with tattoos appeared to die earlier than people without (mean age of death: tattooed: 39yrs; nontattooed: 53yrs).  Having a tattoo with a negative message was associated with nonnatural death, however having any tattoo was more significant than the content. Researchers believe there maybe an association between tattoos and risk-taking behavior.

Tattoos Linked to Earlier Death
Tattoos Linked to Earlier Death

Objectives: At autopsy, tattoos are recorded as part of the external examination. An investigation was undertaken to determine whether negative messages that are tattooed on a decedent may indicate a predisposition to certain fatal outcomes. Methods: Tattooed and nontattooed persons were ...

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