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All About Diabetes Medical Alert Id And Why You Should Wear One

All About Diabetes Medical Alert Id And Why You Should Wear One

In this article, we will look at why you should wear a medical ID/bracelet for diabetes. We will also look at all of the different types of medical IDs that are available for diabetes. There are literally hundreds of ways you can express yourself. However, you will want to make sure that your ID is not so decorative that it is unrecognizable as a medical identification. After all, the primary purpose of a medical ID is to alert emergency and medical personnel, and even the public, to the fact that you have a medical condition (in this case, diabetes). It won’t do you any good if you don’t wear it Wearing your Medical ID all of the time, even when you sleep, is important. If you get into trouble with a low or high blood sugar, and you can’t help yourself, emergency medical personnel will see that you have diabetes, and will know what to do to help you right away. If you don’t have your medical ID on you, then they aren’t going to know that you are diabetic. It happens every day that people with diabetes are pulled over by law enforcement for having a low blood sugar while driving. They may be swerving, or running off the road. If the law enforcement officer sees that the person has a medical ID on their wrist or other easily visible area, they can quickly determine that the person may be having a low blood sugar due to diabetes, and act accordingly. This could save you a whole lot of hassle, and keeps you safe. The officer will know what to do. They are trained to know how to treat low blood sugar for this very reason. If the officer does not see that you have a medical ID on because you forgot to wear it, he or she could think you are intoxicated. In general, all medical personnel and first responders know to look for a medical ID when they arrive on the scene Continue reading >>

Free Medic Alert Bracelets For Diabetes

Free Medic Alert Bracelets For Diabetes

Free medic alert bracelets for those with diabetes are hard to find, but some organizations do offer them as product samples. One such company, American Medical ID (www.AmericanMedical-ID.com) offers tabletop order form displays that include gift certificates so that interested individuals can obtain complimentary necklaces or bracelets. These are targeted toward educators and other healthcare professionals who set up booths at tradeshows or health fairs as promotional giveaway items or to be used as raffle prizes. When ordering, American Medical ID requests information regarding what the particular event is (health fair, tradeshow, etc.) and also requires the date on which the event is to occur. To learn more about the program, contact American Medical ID by calling its toll-free phone number at 1-800-363-5985 or by e-mailing the company using the online contact form on the Web site. Live chat is also featured on this site every weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time with online assistants to answer any questions. Cool Med ID Although you may have difficulty finding medic alert bracelets for free, you dont have to spend a lot. At Cool Med ID (www.CoolMedID.com), for instance, you can purchase a wristband starting at only $3.49 plus $2 for shipping. These are produced from a high-quality 100 percent silicone material and feature “DIABETIC” embossed on them, along with the Caduceus medical alert symbol. The text doesnt fade or rub off; they are easy to put on and take of with no clasps to wrestle with; they are hypoallergenic, waterproof, and resistant to stains; and the wristbands come in a huge variety of colors in sizes to fit both children and adults. Free Necklaces The Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation at www.DiabetesWellness.net doesn Continue reading >>

Medical Alert Systems For Diabetics

Medical Alert Systems For Diabetics

A medical alert system is a great way for diabetic seniors to maintain an independent and active lifestyle while also having a safety net in case of emergency, giving peace of mind to family and friends. Over 20 million Americans are currently living with diabetes, with almost half of them over the age of 65. Because this is such a substantial group, medical alert companies do great efforts in making their systems and monitoring services as suitable as possible for this large group of users. When ordering your system, you can indicate that the wearer of the emergency button has diabetes and provide other medical details and contact information of doctors and caregivers. In case of an emergency, the professionally trained operators with the medical alert company will know that your loved one is a diabetic and adapt their assistance. Best Medical Alert Systems Rank Company Info Visit No Fall Goes Unnoticed Symptoms of diabetes can include blurred vision, fatigue and weight loss, all of which increase the risk of falling. In fact, studies have shown that seniors with diabetes are four times more likely to fall than those without the condition. As many seniors live alone and may find it difficult to reach for a telephone after a fall, a medical alarm system is an effective way to ensure they can call for help. Features of a medical alarm system – such as home base units and emergency button bracelets or pendants – allow users to call for assistance at the push of a button. This enables communication with an operator at the company’s 24/7 response center, who can then contact any family, friends or neighbors you have chosen to be stored on file, as well as the emergency services. Some providers also offer fall detection technology, which can sense if your loved one fal Continue reading >>

Medical Alert Jewelry For Diabetes

Medical Alert Jewelry For Diabetes

When I learned I had developed Type 2 diabetes, I did not go out that day and buy a medical alert necklace. In fact, it took me several years to see the need to wear one. Adjusting to this chronic condition took a long time because Type 2 diabetes turned my life upside down. There were new medicines, blood sugar logbooks, and diabetes education classes. I visited doctors more in my first year with diabetes than in my entire life before. There was also a new financial pressure. Having diabetes costs money. So I was not interested in buying a necklace or bracelet to warn some stranger about my diabetes. Getting medical alert jewelry was not on my to-do list. But experiencing a low blood sugar in the middle of the grocery store forced me to think about how having Type 2 diabetes was changing my life. I had to either stop going places by myself or plan ahead. This chronic condition makes us vulnerable in new ways. Things change whether we like it or not, especially as we grow older with Type 2 diabetes. Here are some of the things that made me decide to buy a medical alert necklace: • Almost every person with diabetes has blood low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) at times. These episodes can occur with little or no warning. • One of the side effects of hypoglycemia is confusion. It may be difficult to communicate your needs, and a piece of medical alert jewelry can speak for you. • Emergency medical professionals say they look for medical alert bracelets and necklaces. When questioned about it, three out of four said they looked for a necklace or bracelet first before they did anything else. So when every second counts, your medical alert jewelry saves time. • Medical errors in hospitals do happen, and you are most at risk for those errors on admission and discharge. Wea Continue reading >>

Unregulated Rise Of Medical Alert Tattoos Stirs Debate

Unregulated Rise Of Medical Alert Tattoos Stirs Debate

Ben Roberts, a 33-year-old from Fowlerville, Mich., estimates that medical bracelets and necklaces have cost him more than $1,000 since he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 6. Frustrated, he headed to a local tattoo parlor four years ago. "It's a negative thing to say, but diabetes isn't going away any time soon," he said. "You might as well get a tattoo." Today, "Diabetic, Type 1" is tattooed underneath the six-pointed "Star of Life" with a snake running through it, the traditional symbol for emergency medical services. "It's hard to miss," Roberts said. "I'm happy with it — I've even gotten compliments from doctors and paramedics." Researchers and tattoo artists agree more people like Roberts are replacing traditional medical ID bracelets, which average around $30 at Walmart, with medical alert tattoos. STORY: Tattoos being used for medical alerts STORY: Safety tattoos, bands warn of kids' deadly allergies But the lack of regulation of the tattoos — which are intended to warn emergency medical personnel about diseases from diabetes to Alzheimer's — means first responders don't always pay attention to them. "We're not going to stop to read a tattoo in an emergency situation," said Don Lundy, president of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. "They can be complicated and hard to read. Medical bracelets and necklaces are what stand out." There's no hard data on the number of people opting for medical alert tattoos, but Saleh Aldasouqi, a diabetes expert in Michigan, said a quick Google search shows how popular they've become in recent years. Aldasouqi said despite this popularity, there isn't any medical literature on the tattoos. He has been pushing doctors to start talking about the tattoos to ensure they're done safely and effectivel Continue reading >>

Diabetes And Medical Alert Systems: Your Priority Now

Diabetes And Medical Alert Systems: Your Priority Now

Diabetes and Medical Alert Systems: Your Priority Now There are approximately 25 million Americans with diabetes today; nearly 11 million of them are adults over age 65. Seniors who manage the disease and want to continue their independent lifestyle can benefit from a medical alert system. In fact, even those who maintain a healthy lifestyle are at increased risk for a number of conditions that can result in falls , strokes, or other serious medical issues. Seniors with diabetes are at risk of common health problems like high blood pressure, hearing loss, and skin conditions. Something less frequently discussed, however, is the risk of falls. Since seniors with diabetes often experience decreased foot sensitivity or mobility, their risk of falling raises significantly. A 2006 study published in the Journal of Diabetes and its Complications found that that seniors with diabetes are more likely to suffer a fall. A number of complications are associated with this condition. Neuropathy, or nerve damage, is developed in about 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; nearly 30 percent over age 40 have nerve damage in their feet. When your feet are affected by neuropathy, it can be harder to sense pain or extreme temperatures. This can lead seniors to not realizing when their feet are in a potentially hazardous spot. Foot ulcers are another problem for seniors with diabetes. Many diabetics experience changes in foot size, which means that they have to purchase new supportive footwear. People with foot ulcers may favor their non-ulcerated foot to avoid pain; however, favoring one side can put you off balance and cause falls. Seniors with diabetes are also prone to vision problems, which can make it hard to see hazar Continue reading >>

Which Medical Id Bracelet Is Right For You?

Which Medical Id Bracelet Is Right For You?

Living with diabetes requires vigilance. Monitoring your condition daily and taking medications prescribed by your doctor are both vital to your health. Even with proper management, medical situations or emergencies are still possible. Medical ID bracelets can come in handy during times of crisis, especially if you aren’t able to direct the person caring for you. A medical ID bracelet often does double duty. Not only can they be fashionable pieces of jewelry, but they also contain information about your condition and your emergency contact information. In some instances, wearing this simple accessory can mean the difference between immediate care and prolonged trial and error during treatment. According to a survey by American Medical ID, approximately 95 percent of responders look for a medical ID in an emergency situation. The survey also found that more than 75 percent of doctors look for an ID when assessing someone. Although medical information can be included on a number of different accessory items, such as necklaces or key chains, the survey found that about 95 percent of people check the wrist first. What information should you include on your medical ID bracelet? To ensure its efficiency, it’s important that you include all relevant medical information on your ID bracelet. You should include: the type of diabetes you have whether you take insulin any allergies you may have an in-case-of-emergency phone number (also known as an ICE number) any implants, such as a pacemaker or insulin pump, that shouldn’t go in an MRI scanner any other pertinent medical information Our top 10 medical ID bracelets There are many types of ID bracelets on the market today. Some have traditional features, such as a simple engraved plate with a chain. Waterproof and sweatproof Continue reading >>

All About Those Diabetes Tattoos...

All About Those Diabetes Tattoos...

A pair of Michigan insulin pump reps aren't ashamed to show the world they have type 1 diabetes, so much so that they have literally embedded ink on their arms to prove it. Diabetes tattoos are worn with pride by many of us in the D-Community, including longtime type 1s Kelly Mann and Mark Walsh in the Metro Detroit area. Both are proud of their ink and are spreading the word that a tattoo isn't taboo for people living with diabetes. Kelly and Mark, who both currently work for Tandem Diabetes Care, are actually part of a growing group in that part of Michigan that keeps in touch and has regular D-meetups, all because of their D-tattoo connections. "This seems to be a growing trend," says Mark, who was diagnosed 32 years ago when he was 6 years old and has had a diabetes tattoo for nearly two years now. "I think a lot of people have thought about getting one, but maybe just have resisted for some reason. Until they see more people with them, and know it's OK." Of course the topic can be controversial, as even with today's modern treatments there's still a sense of "you can't do that" when it comes to diabetes and tattoos. But that's a myth, one that seems to be fading as more PWDs get their own ink and show it off to the world. We've featured some ink-sporting D-peeps before, from a teenager in Michigan to our own Ask D'Mine columnist Wil Dubois who has a medical alert tattoo on his own forearm. Now, the conversation more often centers around the question: Do paramedics and first responders actually look for medical alert tattoos? And tied in with that: Should there be regulation of these medical alert tattoos? In July, a story in USA Today tackled this issue and pointed out how first responders don't always pay attention to these tattoos because they aren't regulated -- Continue reading >>

Life Alert Health: Diabetes

Life Alert Health: Diabetes

Take Time To Care ... for yourself ... for those who need you Diabetes changes the way your body uses food. In your body, the food you eat turns to sugar. Your blood takes this sugar all over the body. Insulin helps get sugar from the blood into the body for energy. Your body does not get the fuel it needs, and your blood sugar stays high. High blood sugar can cause heart and kidney problems, blindness, stroke, the loss of a foot or leg, or even kill you. The Good News ... You Can Manage Diabetes Watch what you eat and get exercise, use medicines wisely and check your blood sugar. Type 1--The body does not produce any insulin. People with type 1 diabetes must take insulin every day to stay alive. Type 2--The body does not make enough, or use insulin well. Most people with diabetes have type 2. Some women get diabetes when they are pregnant. There is no one diet for people with diabetes. Work with your team to come up with a plan for you. You can eat the foods you love by watching serving sizes. Carbohydrates raise your blood sugar the most. The "Nutrition Facts" label on foods can help. Many packaged foods contain more than 1 serving. Carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables, breads, juices, milk, cereals and desserts) Fiber (fruits, vegetables, beans, breads, and cereals) Be active at least 30 minutes a day most days of the week. Exercise helps your body's insulin work better. It also lowers your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. Sometimes people with diabetes need to take pills or take a shot (insulin). Be sure to follow the directions. Ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist what your medicines do, when to take them, and if they have any side effects. Have your doctor, pharmacist or nurse report serious problems with medicines or medical devices to the FDA at 1-800 Continue reading >>

Importance Of Wearing A Medical Alert Bracelet With Diabetes

Importance Of Wearing A Medical Alert Bracelet With Diabetes

Medical alert bracelets enable rapid identification of patients with a number of illnesses, including diabetes, which can make them unable to communicate their illness to others, according to Shamai Grossman, M.D., Director of the Cardiac Emergency Center and Clinical Decision Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center). How They’re Beneficial for People with Diabetes Medical alert bracelets can be extremely important for people with diabetes. Should you have a low blood glucose reaction and suddenly become confused or unresponsive, the bracelet allows immediate identification of the problem to both bystanders and paramedics. The sooner the low blood glucose reactions can be identified, the sooner they can be treated. Emergency department personnel also use medical alert bracelets to rapidly identify people with diabetes, particularly when they may not be able to express that they have diabetes on their own. On arrival to an emergency department, one of the routine parts of the evaluation of the critically ill, unconscious, or disoriented patients is to remove their clothing to inspect the body for a cause of their sudden alteration, Grossman says. In these situations, medical alert bracelets can be invaluable as a time saver. Information People with Diabetes Should Put on a Medical Alert Bracelet The message on your medical alert bracelet should be concise and to the point. “Diabetes” should be engraved boldly on one side. The other side of the bracelet can have other information such as “insulin dependent” or “medication controlled,” he says. Other important information can include: An emergency contact number The name of your physician A referral to another Continue reading >>

Warning Signs Of Diabetic Shock: How Medical Alert Systems Can Help

Warning Signs Of Diabetic Shock: How Medical Alert Systems Can Help

Do you know the warning signs of diabetic shock? Diabetic shock, also called hypoglycemia, can occur when a diabetic has too much insulin, too little food, too much exercise or a combination of the three; it is a dangerous medical condition that must be immediately addressed. Do you know the warning signs of diabetic shock? Diabetic shock, also called hypoglycemia, can occur when a diabetic has too much insulin, too little food, too much exercise or a combination of the three; it is a dangerous medical condition that must be immediately addressed. Bear in mind that diabetic shock can happen to individuals of all ages so whether your parent, child or other family member is diabetic, suffering diabetic shock can occur. Regardless of an individuals' age, having access to a medical alert device could be lifesaver in the event of diabetic shock or other medical condition. Recognizing the symptoms A diabetic individual can manifest the symptoms of diabetic shock gradually and may not even recognize them, but the warning signs should not be ignored. If hypoglycemia is not properly handled it can lead to fainting, coma or in the worst-case scenario, death. Identifying the warning signs is crucial to addressing the symptoms. Consider this: if your loved one is at home alone and begins to feel the symptoms of hypoglycemia, pressing the LifeFone medical alert button could save his or her life! Warning signs of diabetic shock include: Moodiness or irritability Hunger Shakiness or dizziness Sweating Rapid heartbeat Confusion Headache Poor coordination Fainting or unconsciousness Seizures Coma Warning signs that can occur while sleeping include: Excessive night sweats Waking up confused or irritable Nightmares Crying out in your sleep What to do? If the symptoms are mild and the indi Continue reading >>

Why Should Someone With Diabetes Wear A Medicalert Medical Id ?

Why Should Someone With Diabetes Wear A Medicalert Medical Id ?

Conditions Diabetes When you have a diabetic emergency, your sugar levels must be corrected quickly to save your life. However, sometimes your symptoms can resemble aggression or intoxication, leading paramedics and doctors down the wrong path which can delay appropriate treatment. Your MedicAlert ID jewelry instantly helps them understand your diabetic episode so they can correct your sugar levels. MedicAlert is there for you when every seconds count. Join now. How does MedicAlert work for people with diabetes? Your MedicAlert medical ID bracelet is just what it sounds like: a medical alert to any paramedics or doctors who might be trying to save you in an emergency. Awareness of your condition can save you when every second counts. Doctors often recommend that people with diabetes should wear an official MedicAlert ID bracelet. As a charity, we've been the trusted emergency information experts in Canada for over 50 years. Only MedicAlert ensures your bracelet is custom engraved in standard medical language reviewed by MedicAlert's medically trained specialists, and includes a 24/7 hotline to answer emergency questions from paramedics and emergency ransponders. In fact, your universal medical ID works even when you're traveling - in an average of five seconds, our exclusive hotline specialists pick up the phone to take calls from paramedics in over 140 languages. Read how MedicAlert ID works What types of diabetes medical ID does MedicAlert have? Your MedicAlert ID can be a bracelet, necklace, watch, wristband, and more. Our materials include gold, silver, stainless steel, and more. Browse our styles MedicAlert ID jewellery for men, women and children. Continue reading >>

Diabetes Medical Ids- The Most Reliable Choice Is Medicalert®

Diabetes Medical Ids- The Most Reliable Choice Is Medicalert®

● According to the American Diabetes Association®, diabetes causes more deaths per year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Today, 25 million Americans (1 in 12) are affected by diabetes. If health trends continue, this number could increase to 1 in 3 over the next few decades. ● Individuals with Diabetes are also affected by their relatively deceiving illness which can be difficult to manage and live with. For example, a person’s blood sugar can dramatically drop at the most unpredictable times, causing them to pass out and even become unconscious. This can prove to be quite unstable to one's health, and is particularly difficult for those in the early stage of diagnosis. ● If you or a loved one is living with diabetes, it is imperative to take the necessary steps to safeguard yourself, or your loved one, in the event of an emergency. When it comes to lifelong conditions such as diabetes; wearing a personalized MedicAlert medical ID specifying your diabetic condition and special needs is extremely necessary in order to ensure you receive immediate and proper treatment during times of need. MedicAlert medical IDs Save Lives of Those Living with Diabetes The American Diabetes Association® advises all diabetics to wear a visible medical ID at all times listing your condition and/or insulin needs. However, this alone may not be enough protection in the event of an emergency. It is imperative to have Live 24/7 Emergency Response Services backing your diabetes medical ID during an emergency. This ensures your full health and personal information is communicated during your time of need and provides a 360 degree view of your health. MedicAlert Foundation continues to offer a full suite of Live 24/7 Emergency Response Services linked to every MedicAlert medical ID, Continue reading >>

Terms And Definitions For Your Diabetic Bracelet

Terms And Definitions For Your Diabetic Bracelet

Simple ways to engrave your conditions and meds so first responders know what to do and what not to do. DIABETES 1 or DIABETES 2—Every worldwide Diabetes Organizations strongly recommends using Arabic Numbers instead of Roman Numerals for "type" catagories to avoid serious mistakes. Diabetic Abbreviations: DI (Diabetes Insipidus) DM (Diabetes Mellitus) GDM (Gestational Diabetes Mellitus) Engraving Examples: DIABETES 2-ON MEDS JANE DOE ICE: 555-555-1212 Don’t forget: Include other serious medical conditions and meds. See the ADA for more help... To buy a diabetic ID bracelet through the ADA and have Medical ID Fashions contribute directly for all products purchased, please go to Shop Diabetes Store and select the Medical ID Fashions ad for over 600 bracelet styles—the most complete line of diabetic bracelets anywhere. The ADA thanks you for your support. How the ADA works with Medical ID Fashions: Please go to Diabetes-ADA on this website for how Medical ID Fashions works hand-in-hand with the ADA to help diabetes patients all over the world. • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report: Estimates of Diabetes and Its Burden in the United States. Fact Sheet, Atlanta: US Department of Health and Human Services, 2014. • Mayo Clinic: DM1 Complications August 02, 2014 (accessed May 2016) Why do diabetics need a medical bracelet? People with diabetes can have a number of symptoms such as confusion, slurred speech, unconsciousness and lack of coordination. Sometimes these symptoms can come on rapidly without warning. Your slurred speech and lack of coordination could give the appearance of being drunk to police, and you may end up in jail instead of a hospital. In any accident, if you’re unconscious and can’t speak for you Continue reading >>

Tattoos For Medical Alerts

Tattoos For Medical Alerts

It's on his right wrist, "where you would find it if you were checking for a pulse," says Dubois, 48, a diabetes educator at a rural clinic. Interest in medical alert tattoos is increasing among people who have conditions that could affect treatment in an emergency. Others get tattoos to convey a directive, such as "no CPR" on the chest. "It really serves a great purpose, but it has to be done right," says Saleh Aldasouqi, M.D., a Michigan State University diabetes expert. Choosing a licensed tattoo parlor is important, and for proper healing a diabetic needs well-controlled blood sugar before tattooing. A word of caution: First responders aren't trained to look for tattoos, and skin damage in accidents can obscure them, says Rebecca Dinan Schneider, spokeswoman for the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. "Medical alert jewelry is still the standard." Also of interest: Diabetes-friendly recipes. Continue reading >>

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