Medical IDs for ALS

Getting a diagnosis of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) for you or your loved one isn’t something anyone wants to go through. But once you have processed reality and begin making plans for the future, it’s important to think about safety and quality of life. One important step to take in preparing for future possibilities is to consider an ALS bracelet for your own peace of mind and safety.

What is ALS?

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a disease of the nervous system. It’s a progressive disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

Initially, someone with ALS experiences only mild symptoms, including problems with general motor functions like walking or talking. Due to the degenerative nature of the disease, symptoms get worse over time as the neurons in the brain and spinal cord break down. Treatment can help preserve a person’s quality of life for as long as possible.

How can MedicAlert membership help those with ALS? 

If you have been diagnosed with ALS, it’s important to get an ALS wristband as soon as possible for your safety and peace of mind. Even though you may initially have only mild symptoms, it’s critical for emergency personnel to know about your condition to ensure you receive proper treatment. If you have an accident or medical emergency, MedicAlert will be your voice if you’re unable to speak for yourself.

Choosing a MedicAlert Foundation ALS medical bracelet and membership provides people with ALS and their family members backup support in case of an emergency. This can allow you to maintain your independence longer, without family members worrying about your safety and well-being when you’re out and about.

MedicAlert IDs have been saving lives for over 60 years and first responders are trained to look for them in an emergency. The information can inform their plan for stabilization and treatment. Our goal is to make ALS wristbands comfortable and stylish so that they will be worn daily.

Should you experience a medical emergency, your ALS bracelet or ALS necklace will alert first responders to your condition, which will help them provide appropriate treatment and stabilization. They can call our support number to access your digital health profile and alert your doctor and emergency contacts, depending on the membership level you choose.

Where can I get a medical ID for ALS?

ALS bracelets are available on the MedicAlert Foundation website. We offer a wide range of styles, including active sport-style bracelets, fine jewelry, and the classic wristband in stainless steel. Our products for ALS patients are customized and suit a variety of personalities.

Quality of life is very important for everyone, but especially for people living with ALS. MedicAlert supports quality of life by helping to provide life-saving information when it’s needed the most. You can enjoy your life, knowing that our support team has your back.

What causes ALS? 

Currently, the cause of ALS is unknown. Some people do inherit a specific mutated gene, but in most cases, the cause is unclear. Research continues in the hopes that both the cause of the disease and a cure for it can be discovered in the future. It is thought that a combination of genetics and environmental factors influence ALS, but this is still not confirmed.

The importance of an ALS medical ID bracelet

Wearing a medical ID at all times ensures your medical conditions are immediately known in an emergency.

When first responders see a MedicAlert ID, they know to contact MedicAlert to get your complete health record.

Get protected 24/7 with a medical ID and membership.

Risk factors for ALS 

Men seem to be more frequently affected by ALS than women. It also seems to affect more military veterans than the average person, though anyone can develop ALS. More than 5,000 people are diagnosed every year. Smokers may be at higher risk than non-smokers.

Although ALS has been known to run in families, it more often occurs unpredictably, with only 10% of cases being inherited. Most people start noticing symptoms between the ages of 40 and 60.

 

ALS treatment and management 

ALS medical treatment is currently able to help people living with the disease enjoy a greater quality of life for as long as possible. The disease is always fatal, but treatment can be extremely beneficial for people living with ALS and their loved ones.

Medication can be used to slow down the progression of the disease. Both oral medications and intravenous infusions are used for the treatment of ALS. Other medications are often prescribed to treat the symptoms of ALS and increase comfort.

People with ALS can also benefit from additional therapies and assistance, such as physical and occupational therapy. Communication, breathing, and nutritional support are also important for people living with ALS, especially as the disease progresses.

ALS is a degenerative disease with no cure, but people can and do live for years after their diagnosis. Brilliant scientist Dr. Stephen Hawking lived for more than 50 years after being diagnosed with ALS.

Tips for coping with ALS

A diagnosis of ALS is challenging for families. However, there are resources to help people living with ALS and their loved ones cope. Joining a support group can be a good way to process your emotions and learn to live with an ALS diagnosis.

As with any medical condition, you should consult your doctor for specific instructions on managing your condition.

What should I engrave on an ALS medical ID?

MedicAlert offers free custom engraving on all our medical ID products. The engraving on your ALS medical ID should include any critical medical information that can protect and save your life if you are in an accident or have a medical emergency, including:

  • ALS
  • Other medical conditions
  • Medications you’re taking
  • Allergies to drugs
  • Implanted devices
  • Any additional medical information that needs to be communicated to first responders

The mission of the ALS Association is to discover treatments and a cure for ALS. The provide resources for people and families living to help those with ALS live life to the fullest. 

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