The Case for Medical Alert Jewelry for Diabetics

Diabetic jewelry might be a steel medical alert necklace, or it could be a gold charm on a chain. Whether it costs $5 or $100, it could make a huge difference in your life.

It’s easy to argue against diabetic jewelry. What if you never need it? That’s the same argument you could use against wearing seatbelts and locking your doors. You may never need those things, but if the time comes that you do, you will bless the day you chose to use them.

Emergency medical people say that over 95% of them do look for medical alert jewelry, and 75% of them say they look for them first before they do anything else.

Here’ another statistic. Half of medical errors occur on admission or discharge from a hospital. Diabetic jewelry and other medical alert items could keep that from happening to you.

Why It’s Important

Type 2 diabetes symptoms include hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. And one of the most troubling side effects of low blood sugar is confusion. I know from personal experience that you don’t have to be in a diabetic coma to be unable to speak for yourself clearly.

And if you don’t have a friend or family member who knows everything the hospital or EMT person will need to know to be able to make good decisions for you, it’s nice to have a backup plan. That’s when your diabetic jewelry fills in the blanks for them.

Every diabetic should have diabetic jewelry on his or her neck and/or wrist. If you have drug allergies or you are on blood thinners, even if it’s only daily aspirin, medical people need to know it. Also, if you are on multiple medications, doctors and EMTs need to be aware of that.

Keeping a list of your medications in your wallet or purse, including the dosages, will save a lot of time, and now there is a medical alert necklace that can store everything a doctor will need to know. It’s a flash drive (or thumb drive) inside a necklace charm.

Of course, your doctor has to know how to use one, but all computers now have USB ports. They just plug your flash drive in and get your entire medical history. If you’re worried about privacy, it is password protected. That means someone would need to know your password besides you.

That may be an idea that’s ahead of its time. But it’s still a good thing to have if you have trouble keeping all your medical information in your head.

Are you worried about expense? You can spend as little as $3.50 on diabetic jewelry. I found a dog tag on Amazon for that price.

If you want to spend more, you can go as high end as you want. There are plenty of sites that sell diabetic jewelry. There are also sites that cater to younger diabetics.

Diabetic jewelry is a medical necessity. Type 2 diabetes symptoms like confusion and diabetic coma are the best reasons to get diabetic jewelry. Identifying yourself as a diabetic right away may save your life someday. And as you’ve seen, it does not have to be expensive.

I have yet to find a legitimate website that gives away medical alert jewelry, The one website I did find was just fishing for e-mail addresses to sell. I’m hoping to find one someday so I can let my diabetic friends know about it.

A diabetic bracelet is worth it if it removes the worry of being misdiagnosed in an emergency. I wear my medical alert necklace all the time. I hope you will too.