Staying Stylish with Diabetes Dog Tags

Staying Stylish with Diabetes Dog Tags

When an emergency strikes, every minute counts, especially for diabetics. Paramedics, nurses and other medical professionals are trained to check for medical alert jewelry when attempting to treat patients who may be unconscious, or simply unresponsive. Wearing diabetes dog tags can save time, and possibly your life.

dog tag idThere are two types of diabetes. With Type 1, the body simply is not producing enough insulin. With Type 2, the problem may be that insulin production is low, or it may be that cells are actually ignoring the insulin. To deliver the proper treatment quickly, medical personnel must know which type of diabetes they are dealing with. This can consume precious time. Also, contact information must be found for the family.

With diabetes dog tags or any other type of medical alert jewelry, the medical staff will know exactly which type they are treating instantly. And with the free online personal health record from Online Medical Registry that comes with your medical alert jewelry, your personal contact is just as easily accessible.

There are many people who suffer from diabetes, but are not willing to wear flashy jewelry that essentially labels them. Bracelets can be bulky, and some may feel as though they are advertising their disease. Diabetes dog tags provide people with a stylish alternative. Dog tags are worn by members of the military, so people do not automatically identify them with any type of medical condition.

Dog tags traditionally are inscribed with the wearer’s blood type, so medical professionals are used to going directly to the tags for pertinent information. They provide diabetics of all ages with the safety they want in a stylish package that they can comfortably wear 24 hours a day. They can be worn over your shirt as a unique accessory, or the necklace can be hidden under your shirt. No matter how you wear them, diabetes dog tags are essential to staying safe.

People with other medical conditions can also benefit from wearing medical alert jewelry. These include any specific allergies that medical personnel would ask about in case of an emergency. American Medical ID provides diabetes dog tags, other diabetes identifying medical alert jewelry and unique medical ID accessories to help you take the precaution you need.

New AHA Heart Health Guidelines for Women

What was once thought of as a man’s disease, heart disease has taken the lives of more women than cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and accidents combined. Taking preventative measures from is more necessary now than ever due to rising insurance costs. healthy heart tips for womenIn 1999, the American Heart Association (AHA) published the first set of recommendations for preventing this deadly disease based on clinical research. Now, more than 10 years later, women need something a little more straightforward to keep them on track to good heart health.

Taking diversity into account

Every woman is different and the following life factors must be taken into consideration when devising a preventative plan:

Socioeconomic status

Clinical studies target a specific type of woman. But the United States was founded by immigrants and now, diversity reigns more than ever. According to the American Heart Association, about 81 percent of heart disease deaths occur among lower to middle income women. This could be contributed to the present economy, which could make maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle next to impossible. Also, with medications so expensive, taking medicine may not be an option for some. Stress also plays a factor. Learning to eat healthier and decrease stress levels is important to heart health.

Current health status

The new AHA findings recognize that many women are suffering from other, more modern disorders such as obesity and diabetes. Knowing this, the AHA has been hard at work and has now published the 2011 update to the cardiovascular disease prevention guidelines for women. Not only has so much changed in the last decade, but the AHA has taken a more practical approach to these new and improved guidelines.

Communication is key

The most critical step in prevention is for women to get a conversation going with their doctors. It is impossible to fully understand the risks of heart disease without taking this first step. And because each woman is unique physically, a full evaluation is necessary to begin the prevention process.

Some say that knowledge is power, so there is a lot women can do once they know their own personal risks for heart disease. Full disclosure between patient and doctor is absolutely necessary, but it’s not just the doctor who should know. In the event of an emergency, all caretakers should know a woman’s medical history as well. This does not just apply to close family members, but emergency personnel, too.

Heart disease lifestyle recommendations

Cigarette smoking

Women are advised not to smoke and to avoid environmental tobacco smoke. Nicotine replacement, pharmacotherapy options, behavioral programs or formal smoking cessation programs should be pursued with the advice of your doctor.

Physical activity

  • Women are advised to accumulate at least 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise, 75 minutes a week of vigorous exercise, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity.

    Women's Exercise   Recommendations by  AHA

  • Aerobic activity should be performed in episodes of at least 10 min, preferably spread throughout the week.
  • Women are advised that additional cardiovascular benefits are provided by increasing moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity to 5 hours a week, 2 1/2 hours a week of vigorous-intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination of both.
  • Women are advised to engage in muscle-strengthening activities that involve all major muscle groups performed 2 days a week .
  • Women who need to lose weight or sustain weight loss should be advised to accumulate a minimum of 60 to 90 minutes of at least moderate-intensity physical activity (eg, brisk walking) on most, and preferably all, days of the week.

Dietary intake

Women are advised to consume a diet rich in fruits and vegetables; to choose whole-grain, high-fiber foods; to consume fish, especially oily fish, at least twice a week; to limit intake of saturated fat, cholesterol, alcohol, sodium, and sugar; and avoid trans-fatty acids.

Weight maintenance/reduction

Women should maintain or lose weight through an appropriate balance of physical activity, caloric intake, and formal behavioral programs when indicated to maintain or achieve an appropriate body weight (eg, BMI 25 kg/m2 in US women), waist size (eg, 35 in), or other target metric of obesity.

Everyday safety measures

Medical ID jewelry is a smart way for a woman with heart disease or potential risks to inform medical officials of her current condition. If the emergency is so serious that she can’t speak, assessing the situation and trying to determine her medical needs could cost emergency personnel critical time. And with heart problems, time could be the determiner between life and death.

medical id charmAmerican Medical ID carries medical alert bracelets for women that are engraved with essential personal health information. They are also very stylish and easy to wear. Because it’s clear that each woman has unique tastes, dog tags, necklaces, charms, key chains, and other accessories are just as easy to carry around at all times.

For the complete 2011 update to the AHA cardiovascular disease prevention guidelines for women, see the full article published in Circulation, the official journal of the American Heart Association.

Have Metal Allergies? Consider Medical Jewelry Alternatives

Medical alert bracelets and jewelry come in a variety of fun and attractive styles for people with metal allergies.

Medical ID jewelry is a special emblem or tag worn to identify someone as having a potentially serious medical condition. Nylon medical bracelet with heartsIn the event of an emergency, medical ID jewelry such as medical alert bracelets can help paramedics properly treat an individual. This jewelry is typically made from metal and is meant to be worn on the wrist or around the neck. But some people are allergic to metal and may need to find an alternative.

Most people who have a metal allergy are allergic to nickel. Nickel is mixed with other metals as an alloy, and it may cause a skin reaction that can include itching, swelling and redness where contact occurs. The skin can blister and burn from just a small amount of contact. This can make wearing jewelry a painful experience. For that reason, it is important to exercise caution when selecting medical identification jewelry.

Medical alert bracelets and jewelry can now be made with silicone, plastic beads, leather, yarn and waterproof fabrics. Some higher grade metals may still work for people with certain metal allergies. Popular metal choices include platinum, titanium, sterling silver, and yellow gold is 12 carats or higher.

Jewelry is not the only option available. Key chains and charms are available that can attach to purses or shoes. Another innovative option to consider is a USB medical alert tag. It is a flash drive that can be plugged into any computer, and it contains any relevant information that someone might need to know about a person’s medical history. It can include information such as a physician’s name and phone number, any medications being taken, special health needs and emergency contacts.

American Medical ID offers stylish alternatives to metal jewelry such as sport band IDs made from nylon. Sportbands come in 10 color and pattern options and adjust to fit any size wrist. Also, choose from a unique selection of key chains, wallet ID cards, health passports and USB drives to facilitate all your medical ID needs.

5 Common Food Allergies in Children

common food allergies Some reactions children may experience with food allergies are hives, rash, itchiness and difficulty swallowing and breathing. While some reactions are relatively mild, they can become life-threatening in an instant. Medical ID bracelets will alert medics and caregivers as to a child’s allergies and allow for faster treatment. Medical alert bracelets for kids can help identify your child’s food allergies for others in an emergency situation.

Common food allergies include:

Peanut Allergies: Peanuts can be found in candies, cakes and many processed food items. Symptoms may be hives, itching, breathing difficulty and nausea.

Wheat Allergies:
Wheat can be found in breads, cereals, pastas and snack foods. Hives, nausea, vomiting and difficulty breathing are common signs of a wheat allergy.

Soy Allergies: Soy is found in legumes, sauces and foods that contain soybean oil. Symptoms may include hay fever, acne, breathing difficulty and itching.

Egg Allergies: Egg can be found in breads, pastas, sauces, cakes and candies. Symptoms of an egg allergy may include hives, itchiness, abdominal pain,  and coughing.

Milk Allergies:
Milk is found in yogurt, sauces, ice cream, candies and cheeses. Symptoms of a milk allergy may be diarrhea, constipation, hives, vomiting and wheezing.

Some people with food allergies can have a serious reaction called anaphylaxis. Signs of this kind of reaction include:

  • Hoarseness, throat tightness or a lump in the throat
  • Wheezing, chest tightness or trouble breathing
  • Tingling in the hands or feet, lips or scalp

If any of the above items are ingested by an allergic child, reactions may begin immediately. Breathing, speaking and swallowing become nearly impossible. Calling 9-1-1 may be required in order to obtain life-saving help. Once paramedics arrive, they have a better chance of saving a child if they know what is causing the reaction.

Medical ID bracelets become essential when a child is away from home at daycare, school or at a sleepover, intensifying the need for someone other than the parent to notify paramedics during a situation mandating a medical alert.

Some people with food allergies can have a serious reaction called anaphylaxis. Signs of this kind of reaction include:

  • Hoarseness, throat tightness or a lump in the throat
  • Wheezing, chest tightness or trouble breathing
  • Tingling in the hands or feet, lips or scalp

Asthma Solutions for Spring and Seasonal Asthma

spring asthmaEveryone looks forward to spring, except for people with asthma. For them, springtime does not just mean warmer days and lighter clothing but it also can bring seasonal coughing and asthma attacks. But with some simple precautions, asthmatics can still enjoy springtime without risking painful and dangerous asthma attacks.

Avoid Triggers

People with allergies to molds, dust mites and pollen are usually prone to getting asthma attacks from new smells or very strong odors. Because of this, people with allergies should not partake in chores like dusting. Staying indoors when strong-smelling pesticides or fertilizers are placed on lawns and gardens is also helpful.  We also suggest keeping track of your allergy triggers using a simple allergy listing form.

Cold temperatures and dry air can also trigger asthma attacks. When out in cold weather, it is a good idea to breathe through a scarf or cloth in order to warm the breath. This helps prevent the bite of cold air from tightening the throat, causing coughing and possibly triggering attacks.

Use Air Conditioning

Believe it or not, one of the best tools to prevent asthma attacks is an air conditioner. Keeping the home or car windows closed and the air conditioner on keeps out wind-borne pollen, dust, fungal spores or strong chemical smells. If someone in the household is working in the yard or mowing the lawn, stay inside and turn the air conditioner on.

Also, pay attention to the pollen or pollution counts in the weather reports. They are also reported in most newspapers, radio stations and from the website of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. If the counts are high, stay indoors as much as possible. Pollen and mold counts tend to be lowest the day after it rains.

Wear Allergy Bracelets

During a seasonal asthma attack or severe allergic reaction, a patient often can barely speak due to shortness of breath. If this occurs in a strange place where no one knows allergies or asthma are involved, the result could be fatal. To avoid any unnecessary suffering, it is recommended that every asthmatic wear one or more allergy bracelets at all times. These are medical identity badges that list allergies or medical conditions.

Allergy bracelets can be life savers during spring asthma attacks because they instantly provide information that any medical worker will need to give immediate treatment. Learn more about how American Medial ID allows you to create your own allergy bracelets or simply order one with your allergy engraved on it.

Medical News of the Week

  1. Diabetes and Major Emergencies: How to Prepare
    Important items to keep on hand and in your emergency kit when you have diabetes can include the following: extra insulin and syringes or pens, contact numbers for family and close friends and a medical alert bracelet.
    Source: Joslin Diabetes Center
  2. 7 Stroke Symptoms and Key Actions To Take
    Like a heart attack, a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) is an emergency that requires immediate medical attention.
    Source: Johns Hopkins
  3. In Women, Diabetes Plus Depression a Deadly Combo
    Women suffering from both diabetes and depression have a greater risk of dying, especially from heart disease.
    Source: Archives of General Psychiatry
  4. At Least Americans Aspire to be Healthy Eaters …
    Do you think you’re a healthy eater? Odds are, the answer is yes. According to a new survey from Consumer Reports, nine out of 10 Americans give themselves credit for consuming a diet that’s at least “somewhat” healthy.
    Source: Consumer Reports
  5. Mediterranean Diet Tied to Slower Mental Decline
    People who eat and drink like the Greeks may think a little more clearly into old age.
    Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
For more tips, visit: Joslin Diabetes Center

Win $100 in the American Medical ID Holiday Sweepstakes!

medical alert jewelry free giveawayImagine what you could buy if you win $100! As a thank you to our loyal customers, American Medical ID is giving away a $100 American Express Gift Card as the Grand Prize and  a  medical ID bracelet to another lucky winner.

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Latest Medical News Around the Web

The Joslin Diabetes Center is an affiliation of Harvard Medical School with the goal of beating diabetes through cutting-edge research and innovative approaches to clinical care and education. For over 100 years their work has been at the forefront of diabetes research and education.

As a leader in educating people with diabetes on how take care of themselves and look for a cure, we were excited to see  the Joslin Diabetes Center reinforce the Importance of Wearing a Medical Alert Bracelet.

ADA Jewelry“Medical alert bracelets enable rapid identification of patients with a number of illnesses, including diabetes, which can make them unable to communicate their illness to others, according to Shamai Grossman, M.D., Director of the Cardiac Emergency Center and Clinical Decision Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.”

To read the rest of the article visit here.

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Caring for Yourself While Being a Caregiver

You don’t always plan on taking control of the care for a loved one, in many cases it can happen in the blink of an eye. There’s no question that you would do everything possible for your spouse, parent, or child to make sure they get the care they need, but don’t forget about yourself in the process.caregiver-id

Below are several ways to help take the added stress off as a caregiver, if even for a brief time.

Ease your mind – Leaving the house for work or even errands can be a worrisome activity. What if something happens while you’re out to you or your loved one? With a medical ID you can engrave your contact information for your loved one to wear and on an ID for you to wear you can engrave information stating you are a caregiver. This will give emergency personnel the resources needed to make sure that everyone is informed and receives the care they need.
Example: Liz, do you have an image of AMID jewelry with caregiver information engraved?

Ask for help – If you have friends and family stopping by and asking if they can assist in some way, do not feel bad taking them up on their offer. Keep a list on the fridge of things that need to be done, such as, grocery shopping, laundry, etc. When someone asks if there is something they can do for you use the list so they can pick which item they can do and one less thing is on your to-do list. There are also many organizations out there that provide a variety of levels of assistance.

Take time for yourself – Many times when taking on the responsibilities of caring for someone else the first thing to go is your relaxation time. Take at least 20 minutes to do something that relaxes you and you love, whether it be going for a run, reading a book, or even just sitting in a dark room. It is important to take time for yourself to avoid getting run down.

Find support – You are not the only one going through this, the AARP reports that over 44 million Americans are caregivers for a loved one. Find a support group either locally or online based to help answer the questions you face and let you know what to expect. Having that group to lean on can significantly decrease the stress of wondering what to do next. Today’s Caregiver is a bi-monthly magazine and online resource for the large population taking care of their loved ones and a place to start looking for support.

If you are a caregiver, what are some ways you keep from getting overwhelmed?