Medical Alert Jewelry/ Not An Embarassment: A Necessity

By Latest Reply 2011-04-25 07:56:22 -0500
Started 2008-12-04 08:26:23 -0600

With all the reading I have been doing, I have decided that this is very important; If you live alone and call and ambulance; or someone comes in and sees you passed out, or at work; wherever you are and whatever medical alert situation you are in the caretaker, ambulance worker,hospital, etc need to know so they can respond immediately and accurately. It is a lifesaving device, even if you keep the card or something in your wallet, or some information on your body. Don't look at it as if is a tag, look at it as if it is going to save your life. For that you do not have to be embarassed. Even the tatoo someone was talking about if medically safe, is good.

51 replies

MewElla 2011-04-25 07:56:22 -0500 Report

Absolutely I wear a medic alert bracelet…heaven forbid, this could save my life someday…

Edie 2011-04-25 07:40:55 -0500 Report

I carry my purse or wallet every where I go as I can't wear medal at all as I break out so I have a list of what all is wrong with me and a list of all meds i'm on is in my walltet as soon as you open it, there is the info for all to see. Hope this hellps those like me that can't or don't want to wear jewlery.

midget 2009-04-05 08:43:52 -0500 Report

i wear an ID bracelet all the time, it's soder together so it can't come off and everyone that i know, knows that i'm a diabetic, so that helps, but the bracelet is good when i'm by myself and away from home.

ancoto 2009-04-04 11:27:58 -0500 Report

I have been a diabetic since 1999 and have worn some sort of medic alert id since then.I have both a necklace and a bracelet from Medic Alert. I always wear my bracelet. But I kept my necklace around as a backup just in case something should happen to my bracelet. I want to make sure if something happens I can get the proper care.

JS - 32502
JS - 32502 2009-04-04 10:52:55 -0500 Report

I have worn one for years. It had a number for paramedics to call to get a list of all my meds and medical conditions. However last Thursday during our storm while digging my truck out of a snowbank it broke and I lost it. I am glad to know I can get a new one at Wal-mart I never knew they had that thanx guys.

soda lover dan
soda lover dan 2009-04-04 10:28:48 -0500 Report

I haven't bought one yet, but plan to. I carry cards, but always don't have my wallet. But I always 99% of the time carry my meter and insulin and sugar tabs.

Edie 2009-04-04 12:27:18 -0500 Report

Dan check your levels after drinking the soda, when bill was told he needed to have his sugar checked out as he was 377 on the 2nd of March and our Dr. told us not to drink pop as it is not good for our sugar. since stopping drinking it both of us has dropped in our numbers and I am getting more energy than I had for a long time.

Sarguillo 2009-03-04 15:21:48 -0600 Report

You should look around. They now haev charms to put on charm bracelets. Id tags that are stylish. Cell phone charms. I have a friend who is an EMT and I put this question to him, He recomends a bracelet at the wrist or a necklace as the first thing they do is check for pulse at neck or wrist. If they can see it, the sooner the better.

Edie 2009-04-04 08:06:00 -0500 Report

This is a very important discussion and I will get me one for my wrist and neck that way if one comes off I still have another one on me. Thankyou for this information.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-04-04 08:36:02 -0500 Report

Edie I got one made in a machine out in front of walmart. It cost me $6.00!! I had it made on a Pittsburgh Steelers dog tag.(LOL) I had engraved my name, I was IDDM, I had my transplant , The hospital and their phone#. How much cheaper for something that looks good around my neck.
I also had a car in my glove compart stating I'm diabetic ansd also have the same card taped to the front of the dash of my car. I too have a bracelet I really don't care to wear, looking forward to get a watch with the diabetic charm on it, but at this time I can't afford it…Debe

2009-01-06 16:01:10 -0600 Report

My original reason for posting was true, but since discussing this issue and reading some posts i have to ad how I feel about the danger issue and why,! My late husband was an electrician, and one of his employees that worked for him(oh, and this is important to those of us who work with electricty in any routine job; as my husband does)wore a wedding ring; well his gloves were wearing thin around the ring and he had not noticed it and at work one day he got elecuted and died from his wedding ring. I knew the man and his wife, and this situation had a great impact on me, so I guess I am being cautious. And that is why I chose a key ring instead, to ease my concience, and still know that his safety (at least for now, while doing so well with numbers) will be protected; along with all the other id I had prepared for him/ thankyou

fun2u2007 2008-12-30 13:01:42 -0600 Report

I admit to being embarrased about wearing the jewelry. I have a bracelet and a necklace and I was wearing them, then someone made the "you should lose weight and it will stop your diabetes" comment. I got so upset that I stopped wearing all of it. I do carry cards with all my info in my purse and keep the info at my home. I realize now how silly it was for me to let that person influence what I do or what I wear. I am going to start wearing them again and let the uneducated people be the ones to look silly. Thank you for this discussion. Lisa

Toma 2008-12-31 14:22:50 -0600 Report

The weight connection to diabetes I think is over stated. I am 30 pounds over weight but still have great numbers for my A1C and glucose. I have seen normal weight with bad diet that are diabetic and overweight with proper diet that have good numbers. Proper diet shows far more results in controlling type 2 diabetes than weight loss. This is not to say there is no connection to weight and health. We all need to do our best in the weight battle but getting good glucose readings is critical and can be done without a direct connection to being over weight.


2008-12-27 17:55:55 -0600 Report

My mother has a very serious disease called Addison's Disease. She has worn a medical alert bracelet for over 35 years and it has saved her life many times. The day I came home from the hospital, I ordered a very inexpensive band that says "Type 1 Diabetes." I know this can save your life, it has my mother's several times. I'm proud to wear mine, not ashamed of it.

2008-12-28 07:02:54 -0600 Report

I know how important this is the next step is to convince my husband, who does not wear anything except his wedding ring. Thanks so much

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-12-28 07:30:08 -0600 Report

Claudia, Will he wear a dog tag. My brother hates jewlery and he has a dog tag listing his info. I kinda think it looks cool on men. I myself had a dogtag, which I had upgraded…Debe

2008-12-30 05:47:55 -0600 Report

I finally took care of some of that. Made an id card and printed it. Now need to laminate. Thanks Debe and am ordering dog tag from Beyer, donations from Nick Jonas

Edie 2009-04-04 08:00:25 -0500 Report

If he won't wear anything but his wedding ring then get a card he can keep in his wallet. I have one in my purse that is handy incase of emergencies.

2008-12-26 11:25:24 -0600 Report

I think medic alert bracelets or jewelry are a necessity, especially for those who have very serious illnesses that may cause them to black out or render them unable to communicate.

Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann 2008-12-26 08:15:02 -0600 Report

I need to get me one, but I'll have to get the necklace type because that's the only kind I can wear at work. I work around moving equipment that a braclet could get caught in. Thanks for the web sites. I'll try them. Lisa Ann

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-12-26 06:22:11 -0600 Report

I just got a new one for Christmas yesterday. My niece got it in Cleveland. I have a collection now. One saying I am a diabetic. One saying IDDM, Dialysis Patient. Now upgraded to: IDDM Kidney Transplant PT
AGH Hospital and the phone # in case of emergency. I should of have this done a year ago, but I was to lazy to do it (big mistake on my part)…Debe

sexyswamprat 2008-12-24 15:27:27 -0600 Report

I wear one everyday. I have never thought of my medic alert bracelet as a embaressment or a tag. Just like you said, a life saving device, and therfore a necessity. Plain and simple.


2008-12-26 05:54:36 -0600 Report

The thing is no matter how you feel about having one, to anyone with a life-threatening disease, it should not be an option; you should have some sort of ID for others' who need to attend to you fast and do not know what you illness is. It can be a deterint if they do not know what to treat.

Toma 2008-12-24 12:54:06 -0600 Report

When I was first diagnosed all i was aware of were the cheap tacky medical ID bracelets from grocery and drug stores. They do not have all the information they should have such as your name. insurance, medical conditions etc. I also did not like that they were poor quality jewelery.

Mine is from Universal medical IDs. check out the options at

2008-12-15 21:33:26 -0600 Report

Yesterday, I went to two local pharmacies that had every bracelet, neck chain and id possible, but nothing available for diabetesl *I was really surprised of the lack of stock of this most important id; wanted for Jim for Christmas.

dj7110 2008-12-12 20:22:45 -0600 Report

I need to get one.. i have the med alert system at home though.. Here is a site where you can also order jewlry from. But also has a free printable wallet ID card link in the upper right hand corner on the site where you can obtain a free wallet ID card that you fill out with all vital info, such as meds contact info and problems you have etc..(best of all it's free other than cost of a piece paper and the printer ink to make it. I laminated mine after makeing it and have 2 of them, One on refridgerator and other in wallet.

jaclyncrystal 2008-12-12 20:25:16 -0600 Report

sounds like a great idea, going to check it out. thanks jackie

BeckyJ 2008-12-13 07:57:07 -0600 Report

Thanks for the website. I have been typing mine up for a while now but it looks kind of junky. This will be a lot easier to read if anyone needs to. I also do the list of medications and emergency contacts on the fridge. This not only would help any emergency person to be informed but it keeps the family aware of what I'm taking currently and when.

caragypsy 2008-12-15 22:48:04 -0600 Report

I looked at this site and put it on Favorites so I can go back when I have same $ next year. Thank you for sharing. Cara

Anonymous 2008-12-12 15:52:37 -0600 Report

I ordered my dog tag necklace today from the Bayer website from Nick Jonas( fron the Jonas Brothers). I was wearing a bracelet but it got annoying. i will like a necklace better. But you need to wear something especially if you take insulin.

jaclyncrystal 2008-12-12 17:01:43 -0600 Report

ok you guys are all right, I never got one when just border line, just carried card saying I was a diabetic. Yesterday I stopped in at my favorite jewelery store wanting a nice watch for Christmas,also took a look at medicalert braclet, now I will ask for that instead of expensive watch, I have heart disease, and lupus as well, so next dr. visit I will ask him what I should have engraved on disc and I promise everyone here that I will wear it. jackie ps. thanks for the reality check, needed it.

jaclyncrystal 2008-12-12 19:44:12 -0600 Report

not using privacy

Edie 2009-04-04 20:29:36 -0500 Report

I feel even if not on insulin you still need one just in case you never know when you will need it. I have something in my purse and have had since I was 16 am now 52 and I don't go anywhere with out something for them to know what is wrong with me and what I am on.
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highlandcitygirl 2008-12-04 19:31:57 -0600 Report

should a pre-diabetic,are as my doctor put it ,you have "metobolic syndrome," wear an alert bracelet? i have been as low as 35 several times.

2008-12-05 06:10:06 -0600 Report

Truthfully, yes, I agree; you should; my husband was told three years ago that he was pre=diabetic, and he continued to go for his regualar check ups, because of heart problems and other physical problems; He was on a strict diet, and lost a lot of weight, up and down, tho. We were never really verified for diabetes type2 until summer, this year. Although, I think he knew, and I did not. and that the avandia he had been taken was not longer working. Take action to your health now and wear the alert, just in case. You never know.

BarryE 2008-12-04 19:25:33 -0600 Report

An ID is most definately important to have, emergencies can happen anywhere and we as diabetics need to be prepared. I wear a velcro strap ID from and it's so comfortable that I forget it's there on my wrist. Best of all I was able to custom make the ID plate and they are not overly expensive. I think that they would also make a great holiday gift and I'm planning to get my mother in law one for christmas as she is a type 2 and wears one of the metal band ones and it catches on her clothing.

Goddess 2008-12-04 08:31:25 -0600 Report

I have a bracelet I wear all the time. I also have lists posted around my apt. on what meds I take, who my docs are, and my emergency contact.