One of the most important things to remember when keeping safe with type 1 diabetes is to make sure that people around you are able to quickly and effectively help you in the event of an emergency, and while it's always a great idea to inform your friends and family, there will likely be times when you aren't around anybody whom you know.
The easiest way to stay safe in these situations is to wear or carry a medical ID. These small but crucial accessories serve as a lifeline, providing essential information to bystanders and medical professionals during emergencies. A variety of possible medical IDs exist
find out that you have type 1 in the event that you need help and can't tell them yourself. The easiest way to do this is to use a medical ID. Many of today's cellphones have features that allow you to enter information about any conditions you may have as well as allergies, emergency contacts, and medications. Although phones are a great place to have a medical ID, the more that you have, the more likely paramedics or medical personnel will be able to find your condition quickly and render faster and more effective medical care. Below are some pre-made medical IDs in many different colors and designs. All you have to do is pick your favorite, fill in your personal information (legibly, please!), print and fold. Each medical ID is sized to fit in a standard wallet pouch. If you don't see the color that you like or would prefer a different design/layout, please suggest a new design or color through the Suggest New Content system located under the Information tab.
Phone Medical ID
Have an iPhone? Watch this video that gives a step by step tutorial on how to setup a medical ID on your phone.
Printable Medical IDs
To properly use this medical ID format, print the page that contains the color of your choice (make sure it prints single-sided). If you do not have access to a color printer, then print the second page, as it contains an all black and white option. Cut out your choice of card, fill in your information, and fold the card along the dotted line so that you can see both printed sides of the card when folded.
Watch this short video outlining how to best make use of the medical IDs.