alert bracelets

By medic673b Latest Reply 2013-03-28 21:36:34 -0500
Started 2011-10-25 21:42:15 -0500

How many people wear med alert braclets letting people know that you have diabetes and how many people have heard about the kind i have that stores 2gb of information on it. Or do you choose to hide your diabetes

44 replies

ahan1120 2012-03-05 23:43:52 -0600 Report

I was just recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and I plan on buying a medic alert bracelet but I wonder if buying a USB med alert bracelet would be unnecessary…I don't have any other health complications at the moment and don't take any pills
I'm leaning towards it because it's cheaper than a lot of other ones I've seen online.

BLange 2011-11-02 18:47:06 -0500 Report

From MedicAlert’s perspective, we certainly encourage all diabetics to wear medical IDs. Since we are nonprofit and mission-based, we are not here to promote product, but to help educate and advocate that medical IDs serve a valuable role in protecting one’s life. An ID of any sort is much better than nothing at all. Wearing one might not have a factor in saving your life; not wearing one could have a factor in saving your life.

LennyDenny 2011-10-31 10:33:38 -0500 Report

I wear a USB medic-alert braclet - It has all my medical history on it and a list of meds. I take on a daily basis. It cost about $25.00 and took me 15 minutes to download all my info onto it. I does work, I had some heart issues back about a month ago and all the medics had to do was plug it into a laptop and they had all my info. They said it was the easiest calls they have had in a long time. So it was well worth the $25.00.

kaiya2465 2011-10-31 14:11:23 -0500 Report

Where did tou get your USB bracelet?


LennyDenny 2011-11-01 09:55:17 -0500 Report

I got mine at - it cost $25.00 and as I said it only to a few minutes to download all my medical history and meds. on to it. I've got heart problems, lung problem and I'm diabetic. Any it's all on the ID Bracelet.

JoleneAL 2011-10-31 10:13:47 -0500 Report

I have one I wear when on long trips. But around town, I don't wear one no.

My Droid phone has a med alert app that is right on the front screen that can be accessed by medical people if necessary. I also have a card in my wallet with all my information. And a key ring that is the red cross symbol with TII under it in perm ink.

Duke1701 2011-10-30 17:42:41 -0500 Report

I have read through most of the replies on this topic and find myself questioning my own need. Please send me your thoughts regarding a type 2 who seems to be controlling his D with diet and exercise. Is a medical bracelet really necessary?

buffy360 2011-11-11 00:32:10 -0600 Report

What if you become unconscious and cannot speak to answer questions?

I say, what can it hurt to wear it! MedicAlert has beaded glass or colorful crystal choices that look like bracelet or stainless steel to gold for children and men. Worn mine for years for my Asthma.

medic673b 2011-11-03 19:35:42 -0500 Report

if your sugar bottoms out to the point you are not able to communicate yes an id braclet would go along way in saving your life

tabby9146 2011-10-31 21:31:03 -0500 Report

I wonder about this myself, diagnosed nearly 3 yrs ago, at the time i took classes, the diabetes educators said I needed an ID like the others, I was on Metformin at the time, so I control by diet and exercise now, and have been for over 2 1/2 years, so I wouldnt think I would need one. So I am going to see wht they say to you.

jayabee52 2011-10-30 18:38:14 -0500 Report

Howdy Duke! WELCOME to DC!

I can understand your reluctance. I had been a foot dragger on the issue for a LONG LONG time. In fact I just got my first one in June of this year, just before a big trip to OH. (for 3 weeks) I have a USB type bracelet which seems to work well for me.

Not knowing much about you, age, other conditions - if any, ect I can only give you generic suggestions about the value of Medical IDs.

I have gone without for many years. I was Dx'd in 1995 and didn't get an ID until mid 2011. I have many conditions and take many meds and suppliments. But one of the things I realized that if I am involved in an accident and become unconscious and unable to make my wishes known, I would have no one to speak for me.

I have given my # 2 son medical power of attorney in case that happens as he lives in the same metro area as I do, so I have him on my cell phone under I.C.E. (in case of emergency) as a contact person. I also have him on the memory of my bracelet.

I was semi comatose for about 5 days back in 2006 (kidney shutdown), and it would have been helpful to have that information and my list of meds available. Fortunately I regained consciousness before I was taken to the hospital ER and ICU but I was woefully unprepared to go in at that time.

Now I have already thought through issues which mean a lot to me concering my healthcare, and I have a place to express my wishes on the memory of my bracelet.

I agree the chances of your going low enough to render you unconscious at this moment are slim, but what about unconsciousness brought on by highs? Or by other medical challenges cropping up. My kidney shutdown & coma took me completely by surprise.

The USB bracelet I use, cost $20.00 plus tax (or plus shipping if bought on the website) It is able to be edited, and changed as needed. I wear mine 24/7 and the only time I take it off is to edit something on the memory. I have even worn it swimming with no ill effects. You don't have to pay a periodic software fee (as with some other USB memory devices) nor will you have to spend $35.00 annual service fee for the MedicAlert type bracelet.

So I understand if you are hesitant. But if you choose to get one, I think you will be happy with this one. (scroll down to the place where I posted the links)
I chose to buy from the website rather than from Walgreens because the website had more sizes and colors than did Walgreens. (Be sure to use a dressmaker's tape measure to measure the circumference of your wrist for an accurate fit. I like mine a little loose so I added 1/2 inch to the circumference)

(And no, I don't get a kickback should you buy one — but that IS an idea LoL!).

I pray this has been helpful to you in making up your mind.


BevK 2011-10-30 02:04:30 -0500 Report

I bought one from Wall Mart for 8 dollars it turned my arm green. LOL! Any how…I'm in the process of looking for one. I do believe that they are very important though! It's on my list as one of the things I want from Santa!!

AuntieBear 2011-10-29 01:25:11 -0500 Report

I inherited my medicalert bracelet from a dear friend who died from complications of diabetes. I do not wear it in my apartment, but wear it whenever I go anywhere. I know I should wear it all the time, but I just can't handle having any type of jewelry on 24/7. I also have a list of medical problems and medications I am currently taking it also has a list of drug allergies. I update this list everytime my doctor changes any of my meds.

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valentine lady 2011-10-28 18:17:55 -0500 Report

I wear a medic-alert bracelet 24/7…Right along with my pretty bracelets and a watch on the other arm ( that's the same arm my bracelet is on ) I also carry all the information on me in my wallet with Diabetes at the top of the list, next my blood type and so on. I think this is a must, you never know whem you might be in an accient, knocked unconcious or pass out from low BS. That happens to me. Not so much anymore, but it does happen. I'd rather be safe than sorry…Valentine Lady

JustJenny 2011-10-28 11:07:59 -0500 Report

I were one 24/7 mostly because it also contains info regarding several drug allergies I have. Drugs that could be given in the field in the event of an accident. Penicillin, all sulfa and morphine. I found one that is kind of stylish and has enough room on the back that with some judicious abbreviations, I got all info, along with my name, on it.

Somoca 2011-10-27 19:06:18 -0500 Report

I wear one and it is the only jewelry that I wear. I do not want to make the EMS more difficult by having all that bling on. I want his time spent helping me not looking through all that stuff.

MEGriff1950 2011-10-27 18:30:49 -0500 Report

Years ago when I had firefighter first responder training we were taught to look for the med alert braceltes/necklaces. Medical emergencies can happen anywhere: work, home, a restaurant, while out walking, at a ballgame etc and often people do not have wallets on them so the medic altert items can be a life saving piece of jewelry.

Type1Lou 2011-10-27 12:37:17 -0500 Report

I wear an alert pendant when I'm traveling but not for day-to-day living. I do have info in my wallet stating I have diabetes and am currently using a pump so the infusion set/connection would be a tip-off should I be in an accident or need medical attention.

medic673b 2011-10-26 22:13:40 -0500 Report

that reminds me my usb braclet does not say diabetic but i also wear a bracelet that says diabetes type 2 on it plus i wear dog tags like somebody said you cannot be too careful when it comes to your life and i too have a wallet card and a complete list of meds

inkywhite 2011-10-26 07:56:53 -0500 Report

I have a bracelet that is beads on top and its got an interchangable plate that goes on the bottom so when they turn your arm to check your pulse they see the medic alert. I got the first one and the plate from Lauren's Hope. I can change the beaded part to match whatever I'm wearing so its discreet but useful. It was expensive to buy the first one but then I showed it a friend who does beads and she made me 5 of them. I don't leave home without one when I travel or go shopping alone. Since I work at a small hospital and the ED is just down the hall I don't worry much as my co-workers know I'm type 2.

jayabee52 2011-10-26 03:28:08 -0500 Report

I wear a USB bracelet 24/7. It tells whoever needs to know about my many medical conditions. I don't take it off except to update information on it. even though it has a medic symbol on it the bracelet does not scream "diabetes" to the casual observer. I think it is the best of both worlds. It discloses to those who need the information and is at the same time discreet to those who don't need to know

peanutnovo 2011-10-29 09:45:28 -0500 Report

My husband has type ll diabetes & alergies 2 meds. & I have a serious heart problem, asthma & allergies 2 foods. So that's a GREAT idea 2 only get a medical alert symbol rather than displaying all of ur personal info. 2 the world. Thanks 4 the grate advice, as I'm planning on getting one 4 us both.

lanykins 2011-10-26 16:19:25 -0500 Report

I also wear one 24/7 and wouldn't dream of being anywhere without it. Many people wear them now for many different reasons so they don't "label" you as having one certain thing. However, I know mine is so important since, if I need help, there's a phone number on the back that can be called to get all my medical information. Plus the bracelet lists the essential things like Diabetes and Pacemaker.

lanykins 2013-03-28 21:36:34 -0500 Report

I got my bracelet from I love it. It is gold, has a stretch band and looks like jewlery. But the top face of it says Medic Alert so there is no question what it is. It also comes with a very good card that I keep in my purse. If medical personnel need information, the essentials are right there and if they call the number they can find all my medications, all my diagnoses, my doctors and my emergency contacts. I wouldn't be without it.

pixsidust 2011-10-26 00:32:53 -0500 Report

I have a bracelet but do not always wear it. I do have a card in my wallet, a sticker for my rear window that says Diabetic driver on it. My key chain says Diabetic. Its important to be safe and get the right help should you ever need it. Many places carry the type with the memory for the computer. Walgreen's has them in stock for $25. I am who I am. I would never hide anything that might save my life!