medical IDs for anemia

Medical IDs for Anemia

The confidence to live with anemia

Millions of Americans live with anemia, a blood disorder that affects the red blood cells. Although it can be mild and is often easily treated, it can cause serious complications if not addressed quickly. People struggling with chronic anemia symptoms should consider a medical ID for anemia from to ensure that their initial treatment is safe and effective in case of an emergency.

How MedicAlert protects those with anemia

One thing you shouldn’t worry about is what could happen if there’s an emergency. MedicAlert’s protection plans offer benefits that extend beyond the ID, providing safety and peace of mind for people living with anemia, their families and caregivers.

24/7 Emergency Response

Our team provides first responders the information they need to provide fast, accurate care.

Digital Health Profile

All your vital information, all in one place for you and your caregiver.

Emergency Contact Notification

In an emergency, we connect families so that no one is alone in a crisis.

Patient Instructions

Share the information that’s important to your care, such as use of rescue medications or contraindication for tests like MRIs.

Pair a medical ID for anemia with the protection plan that’s right for you.

What is anemia?

Our red blood cells carry hemoglobin proteins from the lungs to the rest of the body, providing essential oxygen. Anemia negatively affects the production and/or function of red blood cells, which can cause issues throughout the body. When the tissues do not get enough oxygen to function well, several different symptoms can develop.

Types of anemia

There are a few different types of anemia. Some can be addressed with some simple lifestyle changes. Others are genetic or related to chronic conditions and autoimmune disorders. 

Iron Deficiency Anemia 

This is a common type of anemia that occurs when the body is deficient in iron. Iron is a necessary component in creating red blood cells and a deficiency can decrease production, causing anemia. Iron supplements can usually address the issue. 

Vitamin Deficiency Anemia 

Like iron deficiency anemia, vitamin deficiency anemia occurs when the body does not have sufficient resources for creating healthy red blood cells, such as vitamin B-12, vitamin C, and folate. Supplements may be used to treat this type of anemia, but diet changes may be necessary as well. A healthy, varied diet is important for the body to function properly. 


A genetic blood disorder, thalassemia reduces the amount of hemoglobin the body produces. This can easily lead to anemia, although not everyone with thalassemia requires treatment. Severe cases, however, may require blood transfusions. 

Aplastic Anemia 

A rare and serious condition, aplastic anemia can develop at any point during a person’s life. It is most frequently caused by the immune system attacking bone marrow. Since the bone marrow stem cells are responsible for blood cell production, anemia occurs when production slows down. As this type of anemia can be life-threatening, treatments are often drastic. 

Sickle Cell Anemia

This condition is characterized by blood cells that form in a “sickle” shape. Healthy red blood cells are round, so the sickle cells have difficulty traveling efficiently through the body, causing anemia symptoms. It is a genetic disorder with no cure, but it can be managed with the help of a doctor.

What are the symptoms of anemia?

Anemia can cause a variety of symptoms affecting daily life. These may include: 

  • Fatigue/exhaustion
  • Weakness
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Dizziness 
  • Cold extremities 
  • Headaches 
  • Chest pain 
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Pale or yellowed skin 

Anemia symptoms can get worse over time. Unfortunately, many of these symptoms are not unique to anemia so getting a diagnosis can sometimes take a while. It’s important to check with your doctor as soon as possible if you are experiencing symptoms.

What are the causes of anemia?

There are many different causes of anemia. As people get older, they become more susceptible. This is because aging typically increases health concerns that could trigger anemia. The causes of anemia in elderly females, for example, can range from simple iron or vitamin deficiencies to chronic health conditions.

Can stress cause anemia?

Stress can have a major impact on all systems of the body, especially if it is chronic. Because of this, there is a link between stress and anemia. Your doctor may suggest several different lifestyle changes to help you get your anemia under control.

Can anemia be cured?

Depending on the type of anemia, it can be possible to “cure” it. That doesn’t mean it can’t come back, though. Iron and vitamin deficiencies and stress can typically be addressed easily with lifestyle changes to allow the body to function properly once again.

Other types of anemia cannot be cured, such as sickle cell anemia. For these patients, lifelong management strategies with a medical professional are necessary. However, most patients with anemia can live overall normal lives.

What to engrave on MedicAlert medical IDs for anemia:

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

  • Your type of anemia
  • Medications that could affect treatment
  • Allergies
  • Other medical conditions
  • Any additional medical information that needs to be communicated to first responders
medical IDs for anemia

Sample engraving. Consult our team if you need help engraving your medical ID for anemia.

Treatment and management options for those living with anemia

People with anemia need to work with their healthcare providers to develop an individual treatment plan. This may include dietary changes, supplements, treatment for underlying disorders, and/or pain and symptom management.

How a  medical ID  for anemia combined with MedicAlert  Membership helps people living with anemia

We offer medical IDs to suit different tastes and lifestyles. While many people are very happy with the classic stainless steel ID bracelet, others prefer jewelry-inspired designs, necklaces, or sporty silicone bands for active lifestyles. 

An anemia bracelet doesn’t have to interfere with your activities. You might even choose to have more than one ID option so you can enjoy life to the fullest while knowing that our support service will be there for you when you need it.

  • We’re your voice:  If you can’t speak for yourself due to a medical emergency, your ID will speak for you – informing others about your anemia and any medications you’re taking.
  • 24/7 emergency protection:  In an emergency, the MedicAlert team will relay all of your critical medical information to first responders, no matter where or when your emergency happens.
  • Always connected:  You should never be alone in an emergency. That’s why MedicAlert will reach out to your designated contacts if you are unable to do so.
  • Live with peace of mind and confidence:  MedicAlert will be there for you every step of the way. You’ll have the confidence and freedom to live your life with anemia, knowing we’ve got you covered. 
DISCLAIMER: THIS WEBSITE DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. The information in this article is presented for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider for any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.