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  • When Should You Get Medical Jewelry?

    Every now and then, you may notice some people are wearing a bracelet or necklace that has a medical insignia on it. What are these pieces of jewelry and why do people wear them? To put it simply, these bracelets and necklaces are worn as a way of notifying other people that the wearer has some sort of medical need. The needs can cover a variety of different areas, but if there is a medical emergency, these pieces of medical jewelry can save that wearer’s life.

    Who Should Wear These Bracelets and Necklaces?

    • Diabetes
    • Food allergies
    • Drug allergies
    • Insect allergies
    • Heat disease
    • Autism
    • Epilepsy, seizures
    • Sight, hearing, or mentally impaired
    • Alzheimer’s/Dementia/Memory problems
    • Blood disorders
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Asthma
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Breathing disorders
    • Stroke risk
    • Taking multiple medications
    • Taking blood thinners or other serious-when-mixed medications
    • Mental health Issues
    • Rare diseases
    • Transplant patients
    • Cancer patients
    • Special needs children/adults

    This is a just a sample of the afflictions and illnesses that can be worn on a medical ID. Many times doctors will recommend that their patient should be wearing a bracelet, but the patient doesn’t always heed the advice. If you feel like you would have any sort of medical needs or requirements that should be known in an emergency situation, or you or your loved one is unable to communicate these needs to others, then you are the perfect candidate for a medical ID.

    Why Should You Wear Them?

    For adults, there are many circumstances where there could be a major health problem, such as seizures or passing out while driving, and people need to know what is wrong and what the best way would be to treat those suffering. For children, it is important to have a medical ID on them so that people around them can know if there are any medical issues; for example, food allergies. This way the medical conditions can be known, even if the person, adult or child who is wearing the ID is not able to tell the responders.

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    When a person is unable to communicate their needs, this bracelet is supposed to do the job. Many times people will be exhibiting symptoms that could be interpreted to be any number of problems. This can lead to a misdiagnosis on the part of medical personnel who may be trying to help figure out what is wrong. If someone has passed out at the scene of a car accident, it could have been a person with epilepsy having a seizure, a diabetic with too low of blood sugar, or maybe it’s just someone who drank too much alcohol at a party. Having the answers right there on the person, with a piece of medical jewelry, can be crucial in saving a life as now emergency responders can take a more educated guess and give the proper help immediately.

    Do They Really Make A Difference?

    Having some sort of medical jewelry on your person will always make a big difference. When asked, emergency response teams reported that 95% of them look for a medical ID when first assessing a patient. This means that the ID’s are almost certain to be seen. Plus, if you are sending your child to school, a party or to someone else’s house, it can serve as a reminder of allergies, needed medications or other medical requirements that the wearer should remember.

    When Should You Order?

    There are many different levels of these ailments and conditions that people suffer from that require different amounts of attention. However, if you walk away from a doctor’s appointment knowing that you are going to need an ID eventually, the sooner you get it the better. Anything could happen at any time when you are just going about your day. If you are left unable to communicate your medical needs, you could be risking a lot of health problems as well as unnecessary bills. Having an ID on you is a great insurance policy against these two things and possibly death. Getting your ID made and sent to you can take some time, so ordering it should be your first priority. Have it sent to you and always remember to wear it, because you never know when you are going to need it!

  • Fun Alternative Easter Basket and Easter Egg Treats for Children with Food Allergies or Diabetes That Wear Medical ID Bracelets

    If your child has food allergies or diabetes, we know that putting together Easter baskets and Easter egg hunts requires some creative thinking because your child may not be able to tolerate the traditionally high-sugar and often-times allergy filled treats that accompany Easter time. Many parents opt to find a variety of options besides chocolate and sugar candy to make the Easter holiday fun for their children despite being deprived of the sugary-treats.

    With the holiday just around the corner and a large selection of our Children’s medical ID Bracelets on sale, we thought we’d share some fun and affordable alternatives to stuff Easter baskets and eggs.

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  • Lifestyles Tips for Managing Type 2 Diabetes in 2013

    Photo of New Year's Resolution: Lifestyle Tips for Type 2 Diabetes
    Type 2 diabetes is not only the fastest growing disease on the planet, its one of the main illnesses for which N-Style ID designs medical alert and medical ID jewelry.  Since January is the month of proactive planning to make positive change in our lives, we focused our first 2013 blog on lifestyle and diet tips for people with Type 2 diabetes.

    With concentrated efforts to make practical lifestyle and diet changes, managing and minimizing the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes can be accomplished in anyone’s life. Type 2 diabetes is generally caused by genetics and obesity combined with a sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits.  People that carry excess weight, especially in their midsection, are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

    Any plan to minimize the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes is always centered on incorporating healthy lifestyle changes into our daily routine.  The thing about the recommended changes for diabetics, is that they are virtually the same for people not suffering from diabetes who are looking to improve their overall health. So the good news is that a Type 2 diabetic is not alone in seeking a healthier lifestyle.  Diet and exercise goals can be made with your partner or friends.

    Here are the core changes needed to improve the overall health and well-being of people with Type 2 diabetes:

    Eating Habits and Meal Patterns

    • Eat smaller, more frequent meals. Stick to the same meal times each day.
    • Managing and tracking the amount of carbohydrates at each meal or snack will keep your blood sugar level steady throughout the day.
    • It’s not just the actual food you eat that affects blood sugar levels but how much you eat and when you eat affects blood sugar in the body.
    • Omega-3 fish oils can improve glucose tolerance, high triglycerides, and cholesterol levels
    • Incorporate high-fiber, low-glycemic-index sources of carbohydrates like whole-grains, fruits, vegetables into your diet.
    • Limit intake of saturated and trans fatty acids.

    Regular Exercise and Weight Loss

    • Exercise promotes cardiovascular fitness and weight loss, lowers high blood pressure, improves lipid profiles and improves blood sugar control.  Since excess fat in the body can decrease the number of insulin receptors in the body, weight loss is a critical component to managing diabetes.

    Limit Alcohol Intake

    • Alcohol is essentially pure sugar so it worsens glucose tolerance. Try to completely refrain from or drastically reduce your alcohol intake

    Stress Management

    • Stress is very bad for people with diabetes. Unmanaged stress elevates blood sugars. Identify techniques to help lower stress levels such as reading, meditating or yoga.

    There are endless online diet and exercise programs for people with Type 2 diabetes to help them achieve their goal of a healthier lifestyle:

    Online Recipes:

    http://www.joybauer.com/recipes-for-Type-2-Diabetes.aspx

    http://www.diabetesinanewlight.com/

    http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20307365,00.html

    http://diabeticgourmet.com/recipes/

    Exercise Tips and Programs

    http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/fitness/

    http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20425548,00.html

    http://www.everydayhealth.com/diabetes/type2/managing/weight-lifting-get-strong.aspx

    And finally, wearing your medical alert /medical ID jewelry is also a core tool in managing Type 2 diabetes. It’s surprising that many adults with Type 2 diabetes don’t where medical alert jewelry. The importance of wearing medical ID jewelry for your overall health can’t be understated. In the event of an emergency, first responders need to know of your condition so they can administer proper care thus potentially saving your life.

  • American Diabetes Month Kick Off: An Overview of Events and Programs


    Juvenile Diabetes directly affecting our family was the driving force behind starting a company focused on fun, fashion-focused medical alert jewelry for children and adults. At N-Style ID, we take the American Diabetes Month seriously and our grateful for an organization that drives so much awareness to the cause of ending Diabetes in America.

    For November 2012, there are a variety of nationwide events and programs planned to support the cause of Diabetes. You can also check your local diabetes organization to find out about events close to home. To kick-off the month, we’d like to provide an overview of the major events and programs included in the Month’s activities.

    From a national Diabetes Awareness Month program view, the American Diabetes Association will be launching an interactive campaign in partnership with the Awareness month’s title sponsor CVS Pharmacies.  The program theme is “A Day in The Life of Diabetes” and is intended “to demonstrate the increasing impact diabetes has on our families and communities nationwide.” - ADA

    The campaign is centered on social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter. Per the ADA, “The campaign is a call to action for individuals to take a public stand, via our social media channels…. to support the movement to Stop Diabetes®.”

    From October through November, the American Diabetes Association will encourage people to share photographs or imagery on the ADA Facebook or Twitter accounts to illustrate what “A Day in the Life of Diabetes” means to them and how Diabetes impacts their lives.

    The beautiful part of this social media campaign is that all of the imagery posted will be woven into a spectacular “mosaic” representing people across the country living with or affected by diabetes in their lives and casting light on the inter-connectedness of this disease in people’s lives.

    To get people to participate in the program, CVS will be donating $1.00 for every image shared on Facebook or Twitter. To share you experience and learn more about the program go to: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanDiabetesAssociation

    Along with the social media ADA programs, here are some annual events and programs to participate in:

    STEP OUT Walk to Stop Diabetes
    http://stepout.diabetes.org/

    Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is the signature nationwide fundraising walk of the American Diabetes Association. 20 years strong, this event has raised more than $150,000,000 to Stop Diabetes.

    Be T1D for a Day

    For November 2012, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will launch a campaign designed to illustrate and raise awareness for what people with Type 1 Diabetes experience on a daily, hourly basis.  The campaign is done via text messaging. Participants will receive text messages hourly throughout the day that “simulate the constant blood sugar testing, insulin injections, and dietary decisions that confront people with T1D.”  Learn more about this program: http://www.jdrf.org/index.cfm?page_id=117942

    Become a Diabetes Advocate

    American Diabetes Month is a great time to become an advocate for diabetes.
    ADA Advocates are a critical part of the overall American Diabetes Ass goal of increasing funding for research, stopping discrimination in schools and at work, and improved access to health care among other things. Learn more about becoming an advocate at: http://www.diabetes.org/advocate/

    The Safe at School Campaign

    The Safe at School Campaign’s mission is to promote safety and fairness for children with diabetes and is dedicated to “making sure all children with diabetes are medically safe at school and have the same educational opportunities as their classmates.” This campaign relies heavily on the support and donations of others. To learn more about his awesome program and make a November donation, visit: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/parents-and-kids/diabetes-care-at-school/

    Tour De Cure
    The final stop for the 2012 Tour De Cure will take place in Santa Barbara, CA on 11/10/11. The Tour De Cure is a series of diabetes awareness fundraising cycling event with participates riding for themselves, friends or families. Visit the Tour De Cure website for information the Santa Barbara tour and 2013 Tour dates. http://tour.diabetes.org/

    The Risk Test
    November is the time to take The Risk Test for Type 2 Diabetes and learn whether you are at risk for getting Type 2 Diabetes. This is a free test and it could be the most important test of your life. Go to http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/prevention/diabetes-risk-test/

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