People with Diabetes Need to Wear ID

By Burgo, Kate 
March 21, 2017

People with Diabetes Need to Wear ID

Jewelry is usually worn for its beauty, sparkle, or flash. But some jewelry can save your life. If you have diabetes, wearing a medical identification (ID) bracelet or necklace at all times is a good idea. This is to make sure that in a medical emergency those helping you will know right away that you have diabetes.

Medical conditions, such as diabetes, especially insulin-treated diabetes, are engraved on the medical ID. Medicine and food allergies can also be identified. You can even have emergency contacts and key prescription medicines listed. If you're not sure about what information to put on your ID, talk with your healthcare provider.

Wearing a medical ID makes it less likely that your condition will be misdiagnosed or that you'll receive medicines that you're allergic to. You'll get the right treatment more quickly as well.

It's especially important to wear a medical ID while exercising. This is when hypoglycemia is more likely to happen. Always wear one when traveling, too. Even in other countries, your ID will communicate that you have diabetes.

Medical IDs are available as pendants, watchbands, necklaces, bracelets, silicone band, shoe tags, and sports bands so you can be safe and stylish.

Information on your medical conditions can also be stored on a USB drive. 


March 21, 2017

Reviewed By:  

Burd, Irina, MD, PhD,Sather, Rita, RN