Diabetic I.D. Bracelets

By soldierswife Latest Reply 2011-06-26 20:27:04 -0500
Started 2010-06-23 14:03:15 -0500

So, my doctor has told me that I need to get an I.D. bracelet, or necklace. I'm looking online and have found them to be rather costly. Where is the cheapest place to get the not so plain ones.

84 replies

Anonymous 2011-06-26 20:27:04 -0500 Report

Wal Mart is your best bet for price. I went with my mother's advice and got a necklace. She was a Type 2 for the last 20 years of her life. She always said a bracelet can slide off or get lost if your involved in a accident. But a necklace will stay put unless God forbid your head comes off. My PCP told me to engrave the necklace with my conditions or "refer to medical card in wallet" ( I have 4 different conditions).

AuntieBear 2011-03-09 00:52:54 -0600 Report

I inherited my bracelet from a friend who died because she did not take care of her diabetes. I do NOT like having to wear the id bracelet. It is like saying there is nothing else to me than a high blood glucose. So I decided to make the bracelet say a little more. I went to Hobby Lobby and went to the jewelry making department and bought some charms and split rings to attach the charms to the bracelet. The charms represent different aspects of my life and personality and you can still plainly see the medical id section of the bracelet. For me it is a win-win situation.

Kaiyle 2010-08-10 18:23:26 -0500 Report

You can get a free diabetes emergency necklace. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with a note stating you would like a free diabetes necklace to:

Free Diabetes Necklace
Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation
P.O. Box 96046
Washington, DC 20090-6046

GabbyPA 2011-03-09 07:12:28 -0600 Report

If you use the link that allie4123 posted, you can print out the order form for the necklace as well. Share it with your diabetic friends.

msbmaxwell 2010-08-09 16:16:29 -0500 Report

I have found some really inexpensive ones at the United grocery store by the pharmacy. Don't think I saw any over $15. Hope that helps.

supermandown 2010-08-09 10:49:49 -0500 Report

Ok I'm new at this sense i was just told on saturday that I have type 2 diabetes. Is this something that I will need? And if so. Whats the purepose of having one. Is this just letting everyone know that I am a diabetic or does it have information on it that will help them contact the right people if something should happen?

karagrl 2010-07-06 17:51:37 -0500 Report

i just went to the coolmedid website and those are awesome. i would like to get one soon. also need to find one for copd

soldierswife 2010-07-06 20:43:35 -0500 Report

you can make them say what you want them to say at most places. i have not decided on one yet, but i made my bracelet so i just need a tag. my best friend made a bracelet with me, only she dont need a tag so we have matching bracelets so it worked out really cool!

executioner 2010-07-01 00:01:52 -0500 Report

I found a site, www.coolmedid.com which has some cool looking IDs. They have generic Diabetes to specialised Type 1 and Type 2 (I think). They come in various colors from black to orange to green etc… And they are reasonably priced like $5 to $7.00

supermandown 2010-08-09 13:50:17 -0500 Report

Thank you for the information on coolmedid.com I picked three different colors and each was only 4.99. Thanks again.

Evelyn Kay
Evelyn Kay 2010-06-30 15:50:13 -0500 Report

on the question about Id Bracelets.I found mine at Wal-Mart.there to very cute but it was affordable -about $8.00,but then i went to another pharmacy and found a bracelet that you just clip on to the ID part of the one i got from wal-mart now it just looks like a bracelet .Hope this was helpful

Swbtab03 2010-06-30 08:12:12 -0500 Report

Walmart has them in pharmacy department for 7 dollars, I bought mine on line at DLIFE.com for 5 dollars.
Great website for us diabetics only.

CHIANNE 2010-06-29 14:51:12 -0500 Report

I made my I.D bracelets, I got the first one from a I.D. co. they were beautiful but expensive…So I went to a craft store, got the clamps,beads and the thread to string the beads on.
I have about 50 now they match what ever I wear and if you like crafting you can really get imagitive. You can get the beads for about $2.00 a bag the clamps are more, get the silver or gold plated they last longer get the medium ones.
you will have to get the I.D part made. but you can change the band for what ever you want to make…they will look like a regular bracelet. I hope this will help you.

theladyiscrazy 2010-06-29 15:09:21 -0500 Report

That is a good idea. I wonder if I can get a "charm" type ID to put on my charm bracelet.

soldierswife 2010-06-29 15:37:56 -0500 Report

yea, i had already talked to my husband about that! My daughter would enjoy us doing this together! they have cute cheap charms at little kiosk in the mall!

theladyiscrazy 2010-06-29 15:40:25 -0500 Report

You might be able to start a business doing that. Having the id is great but having it fashionable would be even better. KWIM?

soldierswife 2010-06-29 15:43:45 -0500 Report

you know, i do scrapbooking. Digital and paper, i have the cricut machine that etches glass, wonder if it would engrave those tags lol. i really have too much time on my hands and with an upcoming foot surgery, i will have a lot more!

Lymy 2010-06-28 23:02:06 -0500 Report

Did you get any community responses from the community membership regarding the ID bracelets? If you did would you please share them with me. What are you considering as "costly?" Do these come already engraved or is that an extra charge? If it's an extra charge do you know if they are done by the letter ot the word? Lastly is there enough room to get more than just "Diadetic" on them?

Please respond when you get time.

joyem 2010-06-28 16:21:28 -0500 Report

I joined MedicAlert about 8 years ago and I THINK it costs $25 per year. No matter where you are emergency people can call the 800# on my bracelet and get my doctor's phone #, and my contact info. It also lists your meds and dosages you are taking. Medicalert.com is the site. I think that is pretty cheap considering what COULD happen.

theladyiscrazy 2010-06-30 15:33:06 -0500 Report

I will have to look into this one. Most of the "bracelets" don't have enough room for me to list all the medical stuff (like med allergies, diabetes, asthma, etc).

simonizer77 2010-06-27 12:54:44 -0500 Report

Only been diagnosed for 3-4 years, but was told the same think..i'll check out that link. This site has been very helpful.

Sheri S
Sheri S 2010-06-27 12:10:31 -0500 Report

Hi ~

Medical emergencies can happen at anytime not just when you have a low…you could be involved in a serious car accident…EMT's may not find your purse right away and not be aware of your medical condition. I have been diabetic for 42 years and did not get an ID bracelet until about 10 years ago when I got my pump. I travel a few times a year and wanted to make sure that where ever I went I had he piece of mind that if something happened I had my ID bracelet. I hated the look of the silver bracelets/necklaces from the Pharmacy. (I've had a few of them over the years but didn't like the look and took them off.) I ended up buying a gold bracelet and charm from a private family owned jewelry store and I wear it 24/7. I think I paid about $200.00 total but when I break down the cost over 10 years I'm averaging $0.05 per day…to me it's worth it.

I know it's a personal decision…hope you find something you like and more importantly will wear.

Good luck with your search :D

Katsarecool 2010-06-26 22:22:25 -0500 Report

Hi there! I bought mine at Wal Mart if you can believe that. I have a spinal cord stimulator implant which disallows MRIs. I have seen inexpensive ones and the larget pharmacies as well. Good luck with your search.

soldierswife 2010-06-27 08:21:57 -0500 Report

yea i looked at wal mart online. i found one i really like but it was like 70 bucks. i am debating on rather i want to spend that much or not. :~

AngeLsLuv 2010-06-26 17:59:46 -0500 Report

Check some of the companys on Ebay ( lazrart has good prices).. Personally I've been a type 1 since 1977, been on a pump for a number of years, and have never worn one..

soldierswife 2010-06-27 08:21:16 -0500 Report

i think my doctor is concerned because my husband deploys so much and i am alone with just the kids a lot of times. i think he fears they may not know what to tell the ems or doctors in the event i cant.

msbmaxwell 2010-08-09 16:26:28 -0500 Report

Have you ever thought about getting Life Alert? They have all your medical information on hand and if you have an emergency they stay on the speaker with you till help arrives. They will also call anyone you list as an emergency contact. It would be peace of mind for you and your husband.

2010-06-25 15:17:01 -0500 Report

I actually work for an online jewelry company. We have nearly 1,500 medical id's; that is, bracelets, watches, charms, dog tag pendants, etc… I'm obviously bias, but I think very highly of our medical ID selection and I think you'll probably find one or two things that will fit your taste and budget. The site is http://www.stickyj.com/medical-emergency.html

Hope this was helpful!

soldierswife 2010-06-25 15:55:10 -0500 Report

thank you! i did look there. actually i wanted one from there but i couldnt make myself spend the kind of money for it they wanted! they do have nice things!!!

Dogwarrior 2010-07-20 13:56:57 -0500 Report

Hey ask your hubby to get you a set of "dog tags" and a extra one that says Diabetic on it and other info

soldierswife 2010-07-20 16:40:51 -0500 Report

yea, he mentioned that. They are like 1 or so plus 5 cents per letter so not very costly. I probably will get a couple, and the thing is i saw someone with it sewn on their purse and it looked really cool!!

Roy531 2010-06-25 14:42:08 -0500 Report

Got my first med alert when I had a allergic reaction to penicillin, when I got diabetes got a new one with both conditions on it, then when I had a reaction to nsaids got a new one, if I have anymore problem may have a problem putting everything on a bracelet. I always wear one, never without it.

Diane987 2010-06-25 14:35:23 -0500 Report

OK, I have a confession to make. I have been diabetic for over 20 years and I have never had a medical ID anything other than a card in my wallet. (I know, feel free to yell at me if you feel it is necessary.) The truth is though in all my time of having diabetes I have only gone low enough once that I needed someone else to get me juice. My blood sugar was at 45 at the time and it happen when I was at home. I keep emergency stuff in my car in case my blood sugar starts dropping, so I never bothered with the ID.

Knowing there are a lot of changes going on in my life right now and my blood sugar will inevitably be affected, I did order the cool ID tags that Elrond suggested below. Thank you Elrond. I will use them whenever I leave my house.

soldierswife 2010-06-25 20:24:25 -0500 Report

good for you! i am glad this discussion led you to something positive in your life! one day we will beat this disease if not for our lifetime then maybe our childrens!

Thomas508 2010-06-25 10:20:21 -0500 Report

Here is just a Silicone Diabetes Bracelet: http://cutemedicalbracelets.com/catalog.php?i... They have other styles too.

soldierswife 2010-06-25 10:57:31 -0500 Report

neat site!! Thanks Thomas!

berrymom 2010-06-25 13:04:23 -0500 Report

I got mine from Amazon, and added charms to make it look more appealing

Katsarecool 2010-06-26 22:26:04 -0500 Report

Hi there where did you get the med ID charm braclet? I have multiple health issues that any first responders should be aware of. One thing an EMT advised was to keep an updatde list of medications taped to the door of your refrigerator; they know to look there in case the patient can't tell them.

berrymom 2010-06-28 10:19:27 -0500 Report

i got the one from amazon and it was kinda plain so i added charms that i had collected over the years, but u can add any charm to it they just clip on

Maggie61 2010-07-03 23:49:18 -0500 Report

I have a black berry and I added two apps one for my BS so that I have it with me and available the second was an emergency app. It has all my medical stuff in there including phone numbers. I am glad I have it so if I am out and have a problem all they have to do is press a button and there it is.

Elrond 2010-06-24 19:04:06 -0500 Report

I wear a necklace tag from http://coolidtags.com/ . It was only $7.95 with free shipping and has an American flag on the opposite side from 6 lines of custom printing. The tag is plastic to avoid allergic difficulties. I also wear a USB info tag but the last time I was forced to call an ambulance, I handed it to them and they shrugged as if they had no idea what to do with it. Now I wear both.

soldierswife 2010-06-24 19:48:38 -0500 Report

that is awful! I was ask in the emergency room one night if i was type one or type 2. I said type 2 and she said so you take insulin, i said no, I am not on any medicines…yet (thanking God under my breath) and she says oh, then you are type 1. I wanted to walk out but I was just too sick to even bother. So when I get in the back, the doctor as about my type 1 diabetes and I said no, I am type 2. He said so what meds on you on i said none and he ask why i told the nurse i was type 1…i was like, look. i didnt tell the idiot that and i am not here for you to treat my diabetes, can we take care of this 104.4 fever now??? but thanks! i will check out that site!

MAYS 2010-06-25 13:25:41 -0500 Report

There are many people who are misinformed about diabetes.
Unfortunately, many of them are in the medical field in some capacity.


soldierswife 2010-06-24 19:50:32 -0500 Report

oh, they have an 82nd airborne one! my husband would love that :D

Elrond 2010-06-24 19:57:53 -0500 Report

When I was ordering mine, I didn't even think to look for military logos. Back when I was young and spry, I was a member of the 101st Airborne. Now, I search for an easy way down from a street curb.

bettymachete 2010-06-24 20:07:33 -0500 Report

Oh thank you for the site, I too have been searching for a med id bracelet but I think I like the tag much better and big thumbs up on the designs.

Harlen 2010-06-23 22:35:54 -0500 Report

I use a little tattoo under my watch lol

soldierswife 2010-06-24 11:44:52 -0500 Report

for some reason, this makes perfect since lol.

Diane987 2010-06-25 11:05:56 -0500 Report

Every three months I get blood work done. And every time they have a hard time finding a vein. I don't care which arm they choose they can never find a vein. The last time I went I told the woman I was considering a tattoo on both arms that had an arrow pointing to the spot where I know my vein is that said stick me here.

vgarrison 2010-08-09 14:57:31 -0500 Report

Harlen I knew there was a reason I liked you so much…I also have a tattoo, but since I don't do ANYTHING inconspicous i have my tattoo inthe middle of my forearm. If someone cant see then they need glasses…cause I am WHITE when I walk into a room with black light…I glow…so you can deffinelty see my tattoo…I kept breaking or losing or forgetting to put on my jewelry, so I figure this way I can't take it off or lose it…


GabbyPA 2010-06-23 18:23:11 -0500 Report

What I suggest is that you just pick up a plain one at the drug store for $5 and then order the one that you want to have. That way you are not spending too much and you have a back up in case you loose one.

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