● According to the American Diabetes Association®, diabetes causes more deaths per year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Today, 25 million Americans (1 in 12) are affected by diabetes. If health trends continue, this number could increase to 1 in 3 over the next few decades.
● Individuals with Diabetes are also affected by their relatively deceiving illness which can be difficult to manage and live with. For example, a person’s blood sugar can dramatically drop at the most unpredictable times, causing them to pass out and even become unconscious. This can prove to be quite unstable to one's health, and is particularly difficult for those in the early stage of diagnosis.
● If you or a loved one is living with diabetes, it is imperative to take the necessary steps to safeguard yourself, or your loved one, in the event of an emergency. When it comes to lifelong conditions such as diabetes; wearing a personalized MedicAlert medical ID specifying your diabetic condition and special needs is extremely necessary in order to ensure you receive immediate and proper treatment during times of need.
MedicAlert medical IDs Save Lives of Those Living with Diabetes
The American Diabetes Association® advises all diabetics to wear a visible medical ID at all times listing your condition and/or insulin needs. However, this alone may not be enough protection in the event of an emergency. It is imperative to have Live 24/7 Emergency Response Services backing your diabetes medical ID during an emergency. This ensures your full health and personal information is communicated during your time of need and provides a 360 degree view of your health.
MedicAlert Foundation continues to offer a full suite of Live 24/7 Emergency Response Services linked to every MedicAlert medical ID, distinguishing our products and services from all others in the industry today. With MedicAlert, your Diabetes medical ID is connected to a suite Live 24/7 Services including, but not limited to:
24/7 Emergency Response (Includes)
- 24/7 access to your personalized medical record
- Live communication of medical information to emergency responders
- Transmission of medical records to responding hospital
24/7 Family Notification (Includes)
- Providing your loved ones with information about your situation
- The comfort of knowing your family will be informed of your emergency, allowing you to be quickly reunited
- The flexibility to quickly and easily change your contact list if you see fit
Most Common Types of Diabetes Conditions to be engraved on Your MedicAlert Medical ID
1.Type 1 diabetes
Can occur at any age, but is generally diagnosed from infancy to late 30s. A person is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when their pancreas isn’t producing enough insulin, and the body’s immune system begins to destroy the insulin-producing cells within the pancreas.
Treatment: Those living with type 1 diabetes must inject insulin several times each day or continually infuse insulin through a pump, as well as maintain a strict diet and routine exercise program.
2.Type 2 diabetes
Over the years, has commonly developed after age 40. However, the trend has recently begun to appear more frequently in children. If a person has type 2 diabetes; their pancreas can still produce insulin but the body doesn’t produce an adequate amount, or is unable to use it effectively.
Treatment: Those living with type 2 diabetes can manage their disease through a combination of treatments including: controlling diet, having a strict exercise regime, self-monitoring blood glucose, and possibly using oral drugs or insulin