Medical Alerts Jewelry for Seniors with Diabetes

Medical Alerts Jewelry for Seniors with Diabetes

time icon 5 min read update icon Sept. 16, 2019


Living with diabetes requires daily care and monitoring. Seniors may find that living with the disease may be challenging at times, because even with proper care and monitoring, medical emergencies may still arise. Medical alert jewelry for diabetics can be very helpful during a time of crisis, especially if the senior is unconscious. Diabetic jewelry was designed to provide the wearer with safety and the reassurance that they will be treated with the finest care, specifically tailored to their illness.

Diabetic jewelry ranges in styles. Individuals can choose from a variety of bracelets, watches, necklaces and rings. They may also choose from metals such as gold and stainless steel or opt for fabrics and other materials including leather, nylon or silicon. Jewelry can also be personalized with engraving options, to accurately show vital medical information and emergency contact details.


Diabetics are always at some risk for an emergency, and these critical events may leave someone confused and unable to think or communicate clearly.During a medical emergency,it is important for doctors, nurses and first responders to receive accurate information. Receiving accurate informationcould mean the difference between life and death. Wearing medical alert jewelry that identifies a diabetes diagnosis allows medical professionals toevaluate the situation and provide quickand effective treatment.

Advantages of Jewelry for Diabetes
  • Promotes effective treatment: Medical personnel, including first responders, are trained to identify medical identification jewelry in an emergency. The jewelry provides a quick means for medical professionals to identify the pressing medical condition. This often leads to fast and effective medical treatment.
  • Reduces errors: Diabetes jewelry may reduce treatment errors, which often occur as a result of medical professionals not having a patient’s full health record during an emergency situation.
  • Provides valuable information: If a senior becomes unresponsive during an emergency, medical alerts jewelry can “speak” for the patient by providing health conditions, medications, emergency contacts and more to first responders.
Disadvantages of Jewelry for Diabetes
  • Alerts others of medical conditions: Wearing medical alert jewelry alerts everyone that you have an illness or a medical condition. Some seniors who have diabetes choose not to label themselves or bring unwanted attention to their medical condition by wearing diabetes identifying jewelry. 
  • Risk of losing or misplacing device: Seniors may lose or misplace their medical alert diabetes jewelry.If lost or misplaced, a senior may not have the means to notify medical personnel of an emergency.
Enhancement Options for Jewelry for Diabetes
  • Engravings: If a senior wears an insulin pump or has other ailments, jewelry can be engraved so that others may be aware of the insulin pump or other health conditions during times of an emergency.
  • Flash drives: Medical alert jewelry for diabetes may be purchased with the enhanced option of having a small flash drive built into the design. In the event of an emergency, a first responder or medical professional can connect the drive to a computer and have instant access to a patient’s entire medical history. 
  • Wireless capabilities: Some medical alert jewelry can be purchased with a wireless signal that is able to transfer data to a smartphone or other mobile device. Personalized medical information can be stored in the jewelry. During an emergency, medical personnel can quickly tap the jewelry to their mobile device to access the information. To utilize this feature, first responders must have a smartphone or mobile device with appropriate capabilities.
Cost Considerations for Jewelry for Diabetes

Although there are a variety of options seniors can choose to identify their diabetes conditions, medical alert jewelry is usually the most reliable and cost-effective option on the market. The jewelry usually does not come with complex pricing plans or hidden fees. Shipping, activation, service and repair fees are usually minimal or free or charge. In most instances, if the senior is not satisfied with the product, a money-back guarantee or a trial period may be available. Additionally, seniors may have the option to cancel at any time with no penalties.

Free medical alert jewelry for diabetes can sometimes be obtained through government-funded healthcare programs. Medicare, Medicaid and the Veterans Administration are possible government sources from which low-income seniors with diabetes may be able to obtain medical alert jewelry at no cost.

Additional Considerations for Jewelry for Diabetes

If a senior has diabetes, not receiving proper care could affect one’s condition, especially at the time of an emergency. Medical alert jewelry greatly reduces the chances of seniors being misdiagnosed or experiencing the effects of medical errors. If an emergency situation arises in which a senior is unable to speak, medical caregivers can be immediately made aware of the condition and can proceed with treatment accordingly.

Medical alert jewelry for diabetes can also prevent minor emergencies from becoming major ones. Depending on needs and preferences, jewelry can be purchased in a variety of styles and colors.

T. Mashae Pearson - Senior Advisor

Shae is senior researcher with Grandfolk® providing in-depth product and service reviews to empower senior buying decisions.