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Top Ten Reasons People Wear Medical ID Jewelry

  
  
  
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Top Ten Reasons People Wear Medical ID Jewelry

Millions of people wear medical ID necklaces, bracelets, anklets, and charms every day, and they all have a reason for doing so. Here at Lauren’s Hope, because we make fully customizable, interchangeable medical ID bracelets, we see all sorts of different engraving requests. Here’s our list of the top ten reasons people wear medical ID jewelry.


Jake's Story: One in a Thousand

  
  
  

Every now and then here at Lauren’s Hope, someone in our own lives suddenly needs a medical ID bracelet. That’s what happened when Jake, a 16-year-old guitar player and high school student from Tallahassee, FL, was unexpectedly hospitalized and diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). Jake’s mom, Julie, went to school with Lauren’s Hope blogger, Tara Cohen, and said one of the first things she said to her son was, “Hey, you’re going to need a medical ID, and I have the perfect place to go!” When Jake asked where, Julie handed him their laptop and said, “It’s this website called Lauren’s Hope. Type it in.”


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5 Things EVERYONE Can Do To Support Diabetes Awareness

  
  
  
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5 Things EVERYONE Can Do to Support Diabetes Awareness

Lauren’s Hope has always supported diabetes research, awareness, and hope for a cure. We’ve featured blog posts about diabetes, giving helpful hints and stories of hope for those courageous souls living with this condition. Now, we are asking all of our friends and customers –whether they have diabetes or not – to take just a few moments to learn what they can do to support diabetes research, awareness, and hope for a cure, too.


10 Diabetes Emergency Kit Essentials

  
  
  
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There are approximately 25 million people with diabetes living in the United States. While having a Diabetes emergency kit may not be something you think about often, having a few extra items stashed away in a safe place may mean the difference between life and death in the event of a natural disaster. Given the prevalence of major natural disasters around the country, there should also be enough diabetes supplies in your emergency kit to last at least three days. This should allow you to safely wait out the aftermath of an earthquake, hurricane or anything else that can impede your progress to your home or medical center.


November Story of Hope: Diabetes Awareness Month

  
  
  
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Our first November Story of Hope is brought to you by a special customer of ours, Gracie and her mom, Laura. Gracie was diagnosed with diabetes in March of 2011


5 Things Every Teacher Should Know About Diabetes

  
  
  
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Teachers: givers of knowledge, confidence, and advice.

Teachers play a huge role in your kids’ lives. They are the role models at school, the all-knowing question answerers, the keepers of the hall passes. Your kids depend on them to tell them what they need to know, and you as parents depend on them to keep your kids safe at school.


5 Things Every Teacher Should Know About Diabetes

  
  
  
5 things teachers should know about diabetes

Teachers: givers of knowledge, confidence, and advice. Teachers play a huge role in your kids’ lives. They are the role models at school, the all-knowing question answerers, the keepers of the hall passes. Your kids depend on them to tell them what they need to know, and you as parents depend on them to keep your kids safe at school.


Essential Checklist for College Students with Diabetes

  
  
  
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10 Tips for College Students with Diabetes
 


The transition from home to college isn’t an easy one. There are a lot of things for first-time college students to remember: things to pack, things to do, people to talk to and adjustments to make. Diabetes does not make this transition any less intimidating. You’re not just meeting your roommate – you’re greeting them with an overload of information about emergency diabetes procedures. You’re not just stocking your mini-fridge with dorm room junk food – you’re stocking it with potentially lifesaving tools. If you are moving away and heading to college, keep in mind a few simple tips to make the big shift a little bit easier.
 
1. Register with Disability Services. They’ll likely have lots of helpful information and tools for people with diabetes, and they can help you connect with other diabetic students on campus. Plus, you can get sweet perks – like letters to your professors when you need one!
2. Join a club – or start a club! When you visit the college health center, ask about diabetes communities on campus. The College Diabetes Network can give you information about chapters in your area. If there isn’t one already – start one yourself!
3. Bring a mini-fridge. Use it to store supplies, snacks, and bottled water. Let your friends and roommates know that the fridge is stocked for your specific needs, and if they want something, they’ll need to ask you first.
4. Let people know. Tell your professors, resident assistant (RA), roommate(s) and close friends that you have diabetes, and go over emergency procedures with your RA and roommates. Let your professors know sometime in the first week of class that you may need to leave occasionally to take care of yourself.
5. Keep low treatments in your bag at all times, and don’t be afraid to tell the professor how you feel if you need to leave class to treat low blood sugar.
6. Know where the vending machines are, and always have change on hand. You should always have low treatments with you, but it’s good to be prepared, just in case.
7. Be prepared to treat an insulin reaction. Keep large quantities of whatever you take for insulin reactions. The last thing you need when you are experiencing a reaction is a panicky run to the grocery store in the middle of the night.
8. Use a needle/test strip disposal container. It’s more considerate for your roommates and friends.
9. Keep three months of diabetes supplies on hand, and have an extra glucose monitor and batteries for backup. Check your stock of supplies periodically, and have your prescriptions on file at a local pharmacy.
10. Wear a medical alert bracelet. If all else fails and your diabetes gets out of control, you may need emergency medical attention. Medical ID jewelry is the quickest, most effective way to relay information about your diabetes to medical personnel. Diabetes medical ID bracelets don’t have to draw attention to your condition, however! Lauren’s Hope focuses on creating fashionable medical jewelry for college students to keep them safe and stylish while on campus.


Juvenile Diabetes Through Grace's Eyes

  
  
  
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Diabetes: it’s a fancy word with a whole lot of complex explanation behind it. Someone newly diagnosed could spend hours researching the condition, deciphering terms like “pancreas,” “insulin,” “glucose,” and “bolus.”


Diabetic Alert Dogs Save Lives

  
  
  
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Kaydence Ney is like a lot of other four-year-old girls: she loves playing dress-up, being a big sister, playing princess, and dreaming of her very own puppy....a puppy that could cost as much as $20,000.

This puppy may be well worth the money, however. The specially-trained canine would be able to sense changes in blood sugar levels and could be life-saving for people like Kaydence, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes shortly after turning three years old. Ever since then, she has been under the constant, watchful eye of her mother, Tammy, who wakes to an alarm every few hours each night to check on her daughter.

"She has to be under 24-hour observation," Tammy was quoted in a recent article published in her local newspaper, the Standard Speaker . "That's why I looked into the dog."

Diabetes alert dogs are trained to sense and recognize the early signs of an oncoming hypoglycemic episode 25 to 40 minutes before a diabetic meter, according to Dan Warren of Warren Retrievers’ Guardian Angel Service Dogs. The theory behind these remarkable pooches is that they can smell chemical changes in a person’s body before the obvious physical effects of high or low blood sugar set in. Companies like Guardian Angel Service Dogs then strategically train these dogs to alert people to those chemical changes. However, that training is not easy...or cheap.

According to Beverly Schwartz of All Purpose Canines, training can take up to two years and cost up to $20,000. “It’s very time-consuming and intense to get the dog to be at least 85 percent accurate,” she explained in an article in the popular Diabetes Forecast magazine.

For Kaydence’s parents, there is no question that these dogs are well worth it, despite the hefty price tag.

"These dogs are lifesavers," Tammy said.

To assist with the cost, the family has organized fundraising efforts called “K-9 for Kaydence.” They plan on hosting fundraisers in their community as well as collecting general donations.

To learn more about diabetic alert dogs and service dog organizations, please visit the following websites:


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