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Medical Identification: To Wear or Not To Wear; That is the Question

What some members of the diabetes community have to say

Laura KolodjeskiLaura Kolodjeski

Bracelets, necklaces, and shoe tags – there are various options when it comes to medical ID jewelry these days. There are also varying opinions on the topic and in September, Bob Pedersen, a blogger living with type 2 diabetes, discussed his reasons for wearing his medical ID necklace.

In addition to Bob, I think it’s important to showcase other points of view, so here are a few other diabetes community member’s thoughts on medical ID jewelry.

Those who wear or previously wore medical ID jewelry say:

  • I like it for times when I meet someone new or am just getting to know someone (especially in the dating scene). Many times I feel awkward informing someone that I have diabetes. I don’t always know when the “right” time to tell them is. So, it has happened on many occasions that a new person that I am just getting to know will see my bracelet and ask me about it. Then that is an easy way to inform them and breaks the ice on the topic. – Doree M., Type 2


Silver Diabetes Medical ID Bracelet
Doree M.’s Old Medical ID Bracelet
Gold Diabetes Medical ID Bracelet
Doree M.’s New Medical ID Bracelet







  • I wear a MedicAlert® necklace and have worn it for more than 20 years. It’s always on me except when I go swimming so I don’t really think about it. In fact, I had to stop and think about the fact that I do wear a necklace. It’s as much a part of me now that I rarely if ever think about it. – John R., Type 1
  • I used to wear a bracelet or a necklace, but they are SO UGLY. The ones that are cute can be really expensive (or just cute for a child or teen, not tasteful for an adult). I always wore one until I was in my mid-twenties and got sick of it. – Kristen M., Type 1

Medical ID jewelry isn’t for everyone, so some members of the diabetes community use alternate methods to let people know they have diabetes in an emergency:

  • I don’t wear a bracelet, but on my smartphone and in my wallet, I have a list of all of the meds (all 17 of them!) that I am currently taking. The list is printed on a bright yellow sheet of paper in case someone needs to go through my wallet for healthcare info. It’s also on my memo section of my phone and in my ICE (In Case of Emergency) phone contact next to my wife’s name. – Salvador R., Type 2
  • Some states have a Yellow Dot Program, which is a yellow dot sticker placed on windshields that alerts first responders to an info packet in the glove compartment. My daughter would never put a DIABETES ALERT sticker on her windshield; it would have to be something not so obvious. – Sharon D., Caregiver

Whatever your stance on the subject may be, I suspect you can relate to at least one of the opinions provided by your fellow community members. Hopefully, you got some new ideas for keeping yourself or your loved ones safe during travel, driving or just daily activities.

All the best,

Laura K.

Note: MedicAlert is a U.S. registered trademark and service mark.

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