People with Diabetes Need to Wear ID

Wearing a medical ID at all times is a good idea if you have diabetes. That's especially the case in an emergency. Those helping you will know right away that you have diabetes.

Your condition is engraved on the medical ID. Medicine and allergies can also be listed. You can even have emergency contacts put on it. Key medicines, too. Talk with your healthcare provider if you're not sure about what to put on your ID.

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

It's very important to wear a medical ID while exercising. This is when low blood sugar is more likely to happen. Always wear one when traveling, too. Your ID will tell others that you have diabetes even in other countries.

You can be safe and stylish wearing a medical ID. They come as:

  • Pendants

  • Watchbands

  • Necklaces

  • Bracelets

  • Silicone bands

  • Shoe tags

  • Sports bands

  • Tattoos

Some of these IDs can be linked to devices. They alert emergency response systems when you have fallen or need help. Others have small USB drives that hold your whole health record.

Online Medical Reviewer: Marianne Fraser MSN RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Raymond Kent Turley BSN MSN RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Ricardo Rafael Correa Marquez MD
Date Last Reviewed: 7/1/2023
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