What do you think of Medical Alert Jewelry/tags/stickers/cards?

By pixsidust Latest Reply 2011-02-26 18:09:29 -0600
Started 2011-02-25 22:22:14 -0600

Now that I have been diagnosed Diabetic (9 days ago), I was wondering what do you think about wearing something or having something on you person that indicates you are a diabetic? I have been on some sites and Ebay and it seems that everything is so expensive. What are your opinions and advise?

10 replies

pixsidust 2011-02-26 18:09:29 -0600 Report

Thank you so much for all your comments. While this is a community, it feels like a family.

I found a small window decal for the car that says Diabetic Driver created by a man who had an accident and the police thought he was drunk or on drugs. Originally I found this on the Laurens hope website and then found the original website which has the products cheaper.

Look at the not quite perfect prices, they are cut in half. I like the idea of something like a decal in my window for the police to see if I have an accident or am driving erratic.


MAYS 2011-02-26 13:23:52 -0600 Report

Well worth the price (in case of an emergency) it may save your life.
Whatever type of Emergency Identification you may decide on make sure that the essential health information pertaining to your individual condition is contained on, or within the device of your choice.



realsis77 2011-02-26 13:07:11 -0600 Report

Hi yes its important to wear a medical alert tag. I found a very cute heart bracelet that says diabetes on it and on the back side it has my information. I got it for a great price of only 20 dollars with engraving. Just shop around on the internet and you can find good buys. I would be careful and make sure the quality is good because I ordered my first one and it was such poor quality I had to get another one. I do know you can get a nice medical alert necklace for 4.00 at the diabetic research foundation. I also ordered that. It says please test my blood before treating me. And says diabetic on it. I keep it in my car on the mirror. Its a good quality also. All you have to do is go to there website. Its a super deal! Four dollars! Its the least expensive and its good quality. Check it out! :) I think you'll like it!

misspat2u 2011-02-26 12:53:17 -0600 Report

I believe it is very important to have medical ID on you at all times. I have not invested ingetting something yet, but I am looking into it this weekend. It's the difference between life and death. I guess I was so per-occupied with other things until I just did not think about med-id. You woke me up this morning…thank you.
-Ms. Pat

jlhrph 2011-02-26 09:50:31 -0600 Report

I found my bracelet at sticky jewelry. not sure of the website. i love the different options. i wear mine when i am not at home.

MewElla 2011-02-26 09:12:00 -0600 Report

I think it is extremely important to wear a medical id all of the time. When I am out and walking and have started to drop into low blood sugar, I always think how thankful I have the id on, never know when I might not be able to communicate this to others in time of need. For me, this is a must have, not a want. Good Luck to you.

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-02-26 09:09:07 -0600 Report

I got my tag for $8.00 on eBay, it's sterling silver and was engraved for free, I think it is absolutely necessary to have. There is a warning on my metformin that says I should carry it to indicate that I am on that medicine.

However being diabetic means there are certain medicines we can't be given anymore or at least have to be very careful with and if I'm not able to tell someone myself due to injury or being unconscious I now my tag and my wallet card can do that for me. I don't take my tag necklace off for any reason.

I have seen tags on eBay for as cheap as $4.00 and I feel my medical safety is more than worth it.

I did dilly dally around with getting one at first until I read a story here on diabetic connect where one of the members had been prescribed a medicine diabetics can't have and ended up in the hospital. And when you look at it like that I can afford $8.00 a lot easier than I can afford the cost of a hospital stay. Granted that member had told the doctor they were diabetic but it still put the cost into perspective for me.

I have also heard of people foregoing the tag and getting a tattoo that says they are diabetic which I have considered but still need to work on my fear of needles before I can do that. Though all the sticking for blood sugar tests is making short work of that fear.

melissa5786 2011-02-26 08:25:12 -0600 Report

I'm looking into getting one. I've been diabetic for 14 months. And most of that time I was in and out of the hospital, so I didn't bother getting one because they had all my information. But, now that I'm back at work and going to the gym I feel like I need to get something that tells people what's wrong.

It's never happened, but what if I pass out at the gym and no one knows what's wrong? I'd like the paramedics to be able to treat me the way they are supposed to. Especially if I can't verbally tell them myself.

I think it's the best investment anyone with medical needs can make.

re1ndeer 2011-02-25 23:18:14 -0600 Report

I have a medical alert necklace. I paid over $100.00 for it and I'm glad I did. They have a website that has all of my information on all medications I'm taking, all of my Doctors, etc.

On My necklace "Tag", it has That I'm a diabetic, my name , an emergency number and a "code" for the ambulance or para metics call in and have have all my medical records immediately.

It was the best investment I made.

bobec4 2011-02-25 22:38:01 -0600 Report

I wear a dog tag that I bought of ebay for 7.95. I believe they are very important in case of an emergency and you cannot communicate that you have health issues. Welcome to the community!

Next Discussion: I Tried so hard! »