November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and if you or someone you love has been diagnosed with diabetes, it is still possible to live a long, fulfilling, healthy life. But you may need a diabetic bracelet to help manage your health.
Let’s break it down. There are four different categories of diabetes -- Type 1, Type 2, gestational diabetes and prediabetes. Here’s some info on each type, that way you can familiarize yourself and your loved ones with the diagnosis and treatment going forward.
Type 1: Having Type 1 diabetes means that your body is not producing insulin. Insulin is a hormone your body needs in order to get glucose from the bloodstream into your body’s cells in order to produce energy. Through insulin therapy and other treatments, Type 1 diabetes can be managed.
Type 2: The most common type of diabetes, Type 2 means that your body is producing insulin, but that it is not being used properly. Healthy eating and exercise can help combat Type 2 diabetes, as well as insulin and other medications.
Gestational: Gestational diabetes happens to millions of pregnant women. When the placenta develops to support the baby’s growth, these hormones can also block the mother’s flow of insulin to the body. Pregnant mothers will need to overcompensate their insulin levels to keep both themselves and their babies safe. When treated quickly, mom and baby will be out of harm’s way.
Prediabetes: Before Type 2 diabetes forms, prediabetes — blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes — can occur. Sometimes, there are no clear symptoms, which is why it is important to ask your doctor to get tested. Changes in your diet and exercise can manage prediabetes and even prevent it. You can also take a risk test here.
Now that you know a little more about the different kinds of diabetes, it is essential that you understand how to keep yourself healthy and safe. One of the easiest ways to maintain your lifestyle with diabetes is to wear a diabetes medical alert identification (ID) bracelet. It could save your life.
The American Diabetes Association recommends all people with diabetes wear a diabetes medical alert ID bracelet, especially if they’re on a diabetes medication that can lower blood sugar and cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar reactions).
Diabetic ID bracelets are worn around your wrist and contain information about your diabetic condition. It also includes emergency contact information. So that it is not confused with just any piece of jewelry, diabetic ID bracelets are designed with a medical emblem.
To make the most out of your diabetic ID bracelet, make sure it includes the following information:
Your ID bracelet can explain symptoms to first responders. If you experience a sudden drop in blood sugar, you may feel confused and distressed. Sometimes you may lose consciousness. Wearing a diabetic ID bracelet will help save an emergency responder’s time because they will know what they are treating, right away.
Your ID bracelet will ensure you get proper medical care. Without the confusion of trying to determine your condition, emergency responders can treat you properly and quickly. With the right treatment, your life doesn’t have to hang in the balance.
Your ID bracelet will help you feel reassured in your everyday life. Knowing that your diabetic ID bracelet contains all of the information medical professionals and loved ones need to keep you safe and healthy, you won’t have to worry about being taken care of in medical emergencies.
If something as simple as wearing a bracelet can help save your life, you shouldn’t think twice about it. Diabetic ID bracelets come in all shapes and sizes. Take the first step in living peacefully with diabetes and check out Healthline’s list of recommended bracelets.
If you have questions or concerns about yourself or someone you love that may have or has been diagnosed with diabetes, contact your doctor today. You can also download our guide about all-things prediabetes, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.