by ROAD iD Staff October 11, 2021

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If you’ve never worn a medical alert bracelet, chances are you’re wondering whether you, a friend or someone in your family should be wearing one. With that in mind, who should wear a medical alert bracelet

Our Health iD, medical alert bracelets and medical alert necklaces are particularly meant for anyone with medical conditions, but they’re equally perfect for anyone: young, old, athlete, office worker. 

Who Should Wear a Medical Alert Bracelet? 

First and foremost, medical alert bracelets are intended for people with medical conditions that could be debilitating or put them at risk while out in public.  

Diabetes 

Whether you’re living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you need to be prepared for the unexpected. While you can carry insulin and snacks with you, an emergency can still happen. To remain prepared, it’s in your best interest to wear a medical alert bracelet. 

Diabetic jewelry can protect you in the event of an emergency, as it will inform strangers, EMTs and doctors of your medical condition. If anything were to happen, a stranger can identify your existing medical condition and try to help, keeping that in mind or by informing EMTs so they can work with necessary knowledge to treat you properly. 

Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer’s – and dementia – is a dangerous disease, as it can lead to severe confusion, along with loss of memory. Many patients will often become disoriented during the day, wherein they will wander away from where they live, suddenly getting lost without having a means of getting home. 

medical alert necklace or bracelet can protect them if they wander, as it will allow them to carry their personal information wherever they may wander off to. This information can include their name, address, emergency contacts and doctor’s contact information. 

Whether a stranger or the police happen to find them, they can provide assistance to ensure they are safely returned to their home or assistance facility. 

Lung Problems

Whether you have allergies, asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis or emphysema, a medical alert bracelet can protect you whenever an emergency happens. It’s a simple way to safeguard yourself, in the event that something ever goes wrong, whether that’s coming in contact with an allergen or having a sudden coughing fit that seems far more serious than normal. 

Seizure Disorders

Living with epilepsy has its challenges. While it can be managed, there are stimulations and mitigating factors that can cause a seizure to happen, even when you’ve done all you can to avoid it. If you were to ever have a seizure, you want to ensure that you’re protected. 

The simplest way to protect yourself is to inform others of what your medical condition is. For instance, if you were to have a seizure and someone were to find you after the fact, they’ll likely have no idea of what happened. If they were to call EMS, they wouldn’t be able to give them an informed description of what happened to you. 

But with a medical alert bracelet, they’ll be able to tell EMS how they found you and that you have a listed seizure disorder. 

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Athletes

Athletes should also consider wearing medical alert bracelets while on the go. Every athlete knows that injuries and accidents happen. Runners, cyclists, hikers, mountain bikers and climbers often spend their time outdoors, isolated from others while on their own. If a medical emergency or accident were to happen, they might not interact with another person for some time. Once found, they want to be sure that they can receive sufficient help. 

In case your injuries or medical issues are severe enough, you want to guarantee you can receive the assistance you need when you most need it. Blood sugar crashes while running for too long? Hit by a car while cycling and unresponsive on the side of the road? Receive help by providing strangers and EMS with your personal information and medical history. 

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What Should You Get Engraved on Your Medical Alert Bracelet? 

Now, what should be engraved on your medical alert bracelet or necklace? Whether you’re wearing a Health iD or an Apple Watch band, you should include some of the following information (as much as you can fit, as is relevant to your personal health needs): 

  • Your name
  • Emergency contact’s name and phone number
  • Medical conditions — diseases, chronic illnesses  
  • Medications
  • Allergies

Stay Safe, Wherever You Are

Medical alert bracelets can protect you when you need it most. Whether it’s a medical emergency or an accident while out on the trail, you need to stay safe. A medical alert bracelet can keep you safe, helping you remain prepared in the face of potential dangers. 

Take precaution and stay prepared out there, ensuring you always remain safe.