Do you wear medical identification??

By roshy Latest Reply 2009-02-16 17:07:05 -0600
Started 2009-02-12 18:14:23 -0600

We all know how serious our condition can be at times if something goes wrong but do you wear medical id to state what condition you have and what to do incase of an emergancy??
I dont and never have wore a bracelet or anything to state im Type One but when i was diagnosed i was given a tiny card to fit in my purse to state i have diabetes and what to do incase i go low. To be honest i never felt that this card was important so therefore never really bothered with it.
What i want to know is do other diabetics make sure the have medical id on them everywhere they go? Do they feel its important and what type of ID do you use, chain, card, bracelet or something different!

Thanks guys! x

39 replies

Pauline B
Pauline B 2009-02-16 17:07:05 -0600 Report

I have aleways been very active, and when I lived in Alaska I did a lot of hiking and camping by myself. I was not diabetic at the time. I never worried about another human causing me danger but there were bears, bad roads, and moose. How would "first responders" know who to contact? I signed on with Medic Alert, and never regretted it. As the medical conditions increased I added doctor's names,. diagnosis, prescriptions, family members to contact, etc. I wear my bracelet all the time, even if I am riding in the car with my husband. Who knows what will happen around the bend? I am glad they offer a watch, as when one works in food service or health care, the only "jewelry one can wear is a watch.

beauty416 2009-02-16 11:22:31 -0600 Report

No I don't wear medical identification but I should. I will have to get me something that tells that I am type 2.

2009-02-15 23:23:03 -0600 Report

I have a drawerful of various types of ID jewlery I wear with different things. With Anthony's tale there, I'm compelled to dust one of the necklaces or bracelets off!

roger 2009-02-16 15:45:15 -0600 Report

at least take the pendent off the chain and put it on your keys, in walet,purce.pocket with change, but take it with you

Anthony B. Pittman
Anthony B. Pittman 2009-02-14 17:36:01 -0600 Report

I wear a Medical ID Tag. It is from Medic Alert ( I wear it on my wrist 24-7 just in case something does happen. Police have found me in a hypoglycemic seizure right on the side of major hihway, in TN, in the middle of the night, in the middle of January. They tested my sugar, and they could not believe it was a 26. They injected 2 tubes of glucose gel in me until they got to the nearest hospital. When they tested me at the hospital it had only reached a measly 48. They took the appropriate action from there

2009-02-15 23:21:47 -0600 Report

Oh my Anthony! Now that should show us that these pieces of ugly jewlery really are important!!

roshy 2009-02-14 15:01:01 -0600 Report

Im sure to tell people at work that i have diabetes too. I think its important for your employer to know the circumstances of your condition. I make sure that if i need a few minutes to sit down or whatever i get those few minutes!!

roger 2009-02-14 17:41:05 -0600 Report

i went as far to show a few of the crew how to test my bg and how to take my pump port off and put the cap on

Anonymous 2009-02-14 13:19:12 -0600 Report

I wear the dog tags that Nick Jonas and Bayer came out with last year. they are very stylish. I love them. Only cost 5 dollars. It supports a good cause and I like the JOnas Brothers too. At 51. LOL

rbergman 2009-02-14 13:23:40 -0600 Report

I looked at those but since my daughter has more than 1 condition and takes more than just diabetes meds I didn't order one. Maybe as a second one I will but not as her main ID just for the information needed to be on hers.

Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann 2009-02-14 14:53:22 -0600 Report

I have one of them also. I just need to start wearing it. LOL It dosn't help if I don't wear it. Everyone at work knows I'm diabetic. I tell everyone. We have other diabetics at work also. Most have been diabetic for lots of years.

KathyG - 30794
KathyG - 30794 2009-02-14 11:57:23 -0600 Report

I have been a type 2 diabetic for just 5 years now. I hever wore an ID until it was determined that I was allergic to Glucophage…and then my doctor suggested it would be a good idea to wear a bracelet since Glucophage is such a prevalent treatment. For the first year I wore a stainless steel bracelet that was relatively cheap and did not tarnish on my arm. Now I have 14-ct gold bracelet given to me as a Christmas gift. I feel safer wearing it, I never take it off.

rbergman 2009-02-14 09:39:23 -0600 Report

We spent a couple hours last night browsing various websites that offer medical ID jewelry and surprisingly I found a couple that I thought were affordable and believe me, our money situation isn't all that great, I do believe that this is a necessity just like testing supplies and medications..anyway here are a few links that were cheaper than most…yes they have the more expensive gold stuff too but they have really nice things fairly cheap as well. …on the left click on Medical ID on the next page there is an entire list on the right of various jewelry they offer. They even have medical alert watches for kids for less than $15 (before engraving of course). Some of their things start as low as $10. …on the left are the options, these start as low as $12. …these can be more expensive but you can design your own and add extra charms and have 10 lines available to put your information on. Laura designed her own in sterling silver (necklace) with extra charms and such that came out to be about $50 …a little pricey compared to other sites. But if you buy 1 you get a second one 1/2 price and more discounts the more you buy, for us this works with having 2 of us in the family needing them but if you don't need more than 1 you may want to look at the other sites first. (We actually started with this one then kept looking lol) …this is another one with a wide variety of styles and prices available you just have to browse their site. …this site has medical ID's and a whole slew of other diabetic needs from small refrigerators to fanny packs and everything in between…the clearance section was a fav. of mine to browse. …the more expensive site, you have to join which is around $40 then get your ID, by joining if ever there is an issue the ID directs medical people to contact medicalert for your information, personally I'd rather have an ID that has all my information printed on it not some phone # to call to get the information, its a time issue for me, if I need attention its NOW not …make a call to find out what to do for me…just my personal opinion.

I hope this is helpful to those looking for some sort of Medical ID jewelry.

Hugs & Luv,


Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann 2009-02-14 08:30:19 -0600 Report

I have a necklace but don't wear it. I know I should but it bugs me. I don't usually wear jewelery because not allowed at work, so I guess I need to just wear it and get used to it.

roshy 2009-02-14 08:37:46 -0600 Report

i think you should be allowed to wear med id in work!! infact they should encourage it!! maybe you should consider getting the tatoo!! see what they say about that!!

Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann 2009-02-14 08:45:36 -0600 Report

We are allowed to wear med alert at work. It's just been so long since I wore jewelry that it begs me to wear it. The only thing I wear is my wedding ring at night and on my days off.

Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-02-14 08:13:36 -0600 Report

Being the He-Man Macho type that I am, I wear a stainless steel med-alert around my neck on a gold chain, which brings me more in touch with my feminine side.

rbergman 2009-02-13 17:44:19 -0600 Report

Good question, I've been looking for something for Laura to wear, we were going to get her one anyway due to her Thyroid condition but I waited because I was concerned about the Diabetes possibility around the same time we found out about her Thyroid going out, as expensive as some of those are I couldn't see ordering one then having to get another one later if it turned out she was diabetic, I'm glad I waited however, I have yet to find a cheap one to get for her that all her information can go on because of the 2 conditions plus allergies…I agree we should all have some sort of ID just in case, not all of us can afford them unfortunately.

2009-02-14 05:46:43 -0600 Report

Good question; had to fight with my husband to wear or have something. Especially as Gabby said, after the news report of the man who was believed to be drunk and taken out of truck and viciously tazered before they releazed he was in a diebetic coma. Well, I bougt a key chain right away, with symbol on outside and all information inside. It is really reasonable and the tag snaps on and off. My husband hooked it onto the chain on his wallet and it hangs out of pocket. Wallet in back pocket, chained into front where very visable.

kantzfe 2009-02-13 09:53:49 -0600 Report

I have a bracelet that I wear all the time and have written information in my wallet. I never go anywhere without both. Even if you are with family you never know if they will be able to pass information on in the event you can not speak for yourself. I am thinking about having a tattoo placed on my upper boobie just in the event that i have lost an arm with the ID on it and my wallet is lost too.
I saw an article on television that talked about the ID's aren't always fist to be seen when they are needed in an emergency.

2009-02-12 22:56:57 -0600 Report

I wear a medical id and I also have a medical id watch. The watch has the medic alert sign on the face and my information is written on the back. You can also buy charms for your regular watch if you aren't into the bracelet. I have a bracelet now that is quite nice. It's black stretchy and the medical plate is on it. I wear it with the id on the inside and I've had many compliments on my new bracelet lol they don't know what it is but medical people do. I have a woven fabric band one that I wear in the pool because the metals just deteriorate in the chlorine. I have to wear one because I get lows alot and I dont' want to have to try to explain to a cop that I'm having a low and not drunk. Or pass out and have someone not know what to do,.


Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2009-02-12 20:02:01 -0600 Report

As a male I really don't care if it is pretty or not, but my true feeling is It may someday save my life, life saved or not pretty enough to wear, I rest my case

GabbyPA 2009-02-12 18:35:44 -0600 Report

I didn't wear mine for a long time (well a few months, since I am still not reached a 1 year mark yet) But when I saw my mom get a low, it scared me. When I saw some videos on how diabetics were mistaken for drunk drivers and abused out of ignorance, it scared me more. So now I do wear a brcelet and I carry a card and I have a list of all the meds and supplements, contact information and things like that. I need to prep something for a low, but so far I have never had I guess I will get that in there one day too.
At first, I felt like everyone stared at the bracelet, but eventually I got over the paranoia and just see it as another piece of "UGLY" jewelry. LOL

roshy 2009-02-12 18:40:53 -0600 Report

gabby theres a web site about id jewllery and they make them nice and pretty!! look it up !! just type in id medical jewllery but spell it right lol and something should come up!! ill do it myself and see what happens!! Your rite!! they are ugly with a capital "U" !!

highlandcitygirl 2009-02-12 18:43:26 -0600 Report

on one of the sites, i saw a pretty black beaded one. i wouldn't mind wearing it!

GabbyPA 2009-02-12 18:45:47 -0600 Report

Yeah, I've seen the pretty stuff and it comes with a pretty price. So I just wear my Stainless Steel one. It will be in fashion someday. LOL!