When you walk up to the pharmacy window, you see a stack of brochures, and, sure enough, one of the stacks contains order forms for Diabetic Bracelets. Have you ever wondered what other types of tools are out there for people with diabetes? Read on to discover more tricks of the trade, so-to-speak!
Why would you want a metal bracelet with a red symbol with snakes on it? Well, that symbol is the Medical Alert Symbol. It is a universal symbol used to alert medical professionals (and others) that the person wearing it has some type of special medical needs.
Diabetic bracelets are a very important tool for people with diabetes. They are fairly inexpensive and come in all shapes and sizes. There are even necklaces, dog tag-style on nice chains, and other various designs.
Where Can I Get Medical Alert Accessories?
If you want to see some of the interesting designs, check out the American Medical ID website HERE. They have some really nice medical alert jewelry to fit any style.
For a sportier look, try the My ID website HERE. They have silicone bracelets and even a silicone slider that slips on to your watch band. When you flip the bracelets or slider over, it has a barcode that you can scan.
If medical personnel (or anyone) scans the code, it will bring up all of your medical information. You just have to enter your information online or on the free app and link it to your barcode.
What Other Interesting Tools Are Out There?
There are a couple different insulin injectors out there. The Autoject 2 completely hides the syringe and needle for people who are anxious about injections. They have a great video on their website on how to use it.
Glucose Tablet Cases
Glucose tablets are something you should always have with you if you take insulin. They are the fastest way to raise your blood sugar levels if they drop too low. You want to make sure you have them in a convenient spot, so why not have them on your keys?
Here is a link for a glucose tablet keychain. You stick 4 glucose tablets in and you always have it with you. Just don’t forget to refill it after you use it!
Diabetes Supplies Carrying Cases
Myabetic has an enormous line of bags to carry your diabetes supplies. They have something for everyone on their website here. They even have a checklist to help you find the perfect bag for you.
It’s based on what you want to carry around, from blood glucose meters to syringes to insulin pump infusion sets. Did I mention that the bags are very stylish? They even have designs for kids!
Not all insurance companies cover these, but there are wonderful, convenient things called insulin pens out there. They come in most varieties of insulin (rapid acting, intermediate acting, and long acting).
They are easy to use, easy to dose, and easy to carry around with you without the worry of pulling out a syringe in public. These pens are a good option for people who don’t want to be connected to an insulin pump, or for people with Type 2 diabetes on insulin.
These containers are a must-have for used syringe and needle disposal. You can get very large ones on Amazon.com for around $8 each. They are much more expensive at the stores.
Blood Glucose Meters
There are plenty of blood glucose meters to choose from. It can actually be somewhat overwhelming. If you need help choosing, I wrote an entire blog comparing blood glucose meters. You can read it HERE.
Continuous Blood Glucose Monitors (CGM)
These things are amazing…There are a few different manufacturers, but the basic idea is the same. These are small sensors that stay under your skin for one week to 10 days.
They monitor your blood glucose levels and send them to either an insulin pump or a reader that you use to scan over the sensor. They require minimal calibration (finger stick tests) from twice a day to once a week, depending on the model.
Some of these CGMs even send their results to an app on your smart phone! For a look at the different systems, check out this website.
If you would like more information about diabetes and treatments, check out all of my diabetes blogs HERE.
For a great blood glucose supplement, try Bioterra Herbs’ Blood Glucose. It’s a natural way to keep your blood sugar levels stable. Click the image below for a link to read more about the product and make a purchase.