Do you Wear Medical ID jewelry?

So I’m curious about what other diabetics are doing…
If you could answer the following questions I would really appreciate your feedback.

Do you wear medical ID jewelry?
If yes, what type? where do you wear it?
Do you wear it all the time, on occasion? Why?

If no, why have you decided not to wear medical ID jewelry?
Do you carry other forms of medical ID info?

Thank you for your input.

I have a medic alert bracelet, that has type 1 diabetic engraved on the back, and their 800 number to contact in an emergency, if I am not conscious . I pay about 35 a year to stay in their database.

I am now looking at some diabetes awareness jewelry, I found a silver ring with a silver ribbon and a garnet that represent
diabetes awareness. I told my husband that I want it for my birthday next month.


I wear the medic alert necklace,and also have a diabetic id card that i keep in my wallet.

Well, after reading all your replies I’ve finally decided to order a sports wrist band from Medic-alert. It’s a purple one so I’m more likely to wear it. I used to have a bracelet when I was about 10 but I wore it for all of about a month before getting fed up of it!

Glad you found one you like!

I don’t wear medical ID jewelry. When I was diagnosed fourteen years ago I didn’t have a lot of options open to me (mostly due to financial reasons) and ended up with a large medic alert tag that hung from a rather thick silver chain. Then, at the age of 12, I felt like it labeled me as “old” and somehow disabled. I didn’t really see anything else that peaked my interest that also wasn’t incredibly expensive. I think that experience has turned me off from medical jewelry. I have yet to find anything that speaks to me. :slight_smile:

I do have ever have ‘insulin dependent’ on my drivers license.

I’ve worn my sportband id bracelet from American Medical ID. I like the sportband as it doesn’t get caught on anything when I’m at the gym and it looks kind of “cute”.

if you feel you don’t have enough room you can put “see wallet id”. They provide you with an id card and a way to keep your allergies and conditions updated online. As I have several allergies this has worked for me for years.

As I do work from home, I only wear it when I leave the house. I do wear mine on my right wrist.

I wear a dark redish pink leather medical ID bracelet. I bought mine through Sticky Jewelry on the net. By the way, they are a GREAT company to work with. Anyway, I wear it for two reasons…

  1. If I am in an medical emergency they know I have Diabetes.
  2. I am also allergic to Iodine.

In a car accident if they suspect internal injuries they shoot you full of this drug…I personally think that letting others know about our disease and allergies may just save our lives. I do not wear mine 24/7. I lay mine on my car keys and in the event I leave the house, I put it on.

I have a bracelet through Medic Alert. I like that it has a toll free number for people to call and all of my info is registered through them. They also have alot of cute bracelet styles but I have the regular stainless steel kind so it wont get mistaken for jewelery.

Bracelet I ordered from Lauren’s Hope
On Occasion… I forget to wear it >_>;;;

I always carry my meter and insulin on me, so even if thats not “Identification” I guess if I passed out the medics would know that i’m a diabetic. :slight_smile:

I do and have always worn a medic alert bracelet…I use to have the old cheap one you get when you sign up, but after losing it I purchased a more expensive and nicer one…mine is solid silver and it’s the only medical ID I wear…

I don’t wear a medical bracelet,they bother me to much but, I do have a tattoo on my left wrist with the same medical symbol the bracelets have and it says diabetic under it, I love it and have only got compliments on it people seem to think it’s a great idea, I have a picture of it on my page so take a look and let me know what you think…

So…from what I understand, EMT people do not look for/are not train to look fo anything other than the “Medic Alert” name brand medical jewellery!!!

Thanks for the feedback, Judith. I have heard that here too (Canada), emergency personel are not to look into one’s purse. Also, upon having spoken to a couple EMT reps, they seem divided as which is best, neck chain vs bracelet!

One of those touchy subjects for me…

As a youth, I didn’t want to “stick out” from the crowd, so to speak, so didn’t wear one. Off and on over the years I have worn necklaces or bracelets. Always thought a watch band with the medic alert ID would have been okay.

However, all that just got me used to not wearing one, and I still don’t. Had a low once when out with some friends. The medics had no idea what to do about my pump, they did ask me to turn it off, and I was able to, but they still took me to the hospital. Which did nothing for me, the ER just watched me for a bit and let me leave. My BS was still low when I got back to the hotel room.

The point I guess, is that for 26 years I have never needed one, which makes it difficult to convince me I should wear one.

You are not alone Angela. I haven’t worn one for 26 years. I understand why I probably should but it can also be a hassle, just another to add to this already busy disease.

I have dealt with paramedics who knew nothing of the pump, but they also wouldn’t listen to me when I told them I just needed to get some sugar in me. NOT an expensive, no good, ride to the hospital in an ambulance, UGH!

I am probably not likely to change my mind about wearing one either.

Yes, I wear a Medic Alert bracelet all the time. I actually think mine looks pretty cool - its all silver and is still shiny even though I’ve worn it daily since 1998! I wear it on my right wrist (I’m right handed and wear my watch on my left wrist). It brings me a sense of comfort knowing if something ever happened to me, medical professionals would be able to quickly identify that I have diabetes and get access to my emergency contact information.

No kidding, especially since no one seemed to know what they were doing…not verry reassuring, is it?

I bet someone at a ADA chapter would know how to get a hold of one of those cards.