It’s that time of year again. Children are decked out in brand-new clothes, their backpacks filled with fresh school supplies, heading back to school. Many children are excited, some are nervous, most are a bit of both. If you have a child with Type 1 diabetes, food allergies, or other chronic health conditions or medical concerns, you're likely excited and nervous as well. One way to help make things less stressful is to have emergency plans in place, and that includes having emergency kits for both your child’s teacher(s) and the nurse’s office, so they can best help your child in the event of an emergency.Read More
Summer is, of course, prime beach weather. It’s time to pack your beach bag and enjoy the sun, the sand, and the water. As tempting as it is to just drop everything and go, a little bit of preparation is important. Before you head to the sandy shores, here are 5 essentials you need in order to stay safe and have a great time.Read More
Summer is often one of the most anticipated seasons of the year. It’s finally time to spend your days outdoors, enjoying the warm weather and sunshine. Of course we all need to take appropriate measures to stay safe in the summer by protecting ourselves from heat, sun, stinging insects, and other outdoor-related safety risks. For those living with Type 1 Diabetes, there are additional challenges in the summer that require extra precautions and planning so everyone can stay safe and healthy. The change in seasons, higher temperatures, exercise, exertion, and dehydration can all lead to extreme blood sugar fluctuations that can make for dangerous situations, especially around water. Here are some key topics to consider when planning fun outdoor activities this summer when you or a loved one is living with Type 1. As always, consult your primary care physician or endocrinologist for the best advice for your personal needs.Read More
If you’re asking, then odds are the answer is yes. Wearing medical ID jewelry, particularly when it is custom engraved with your specific information, is a simple daily habit that can make a huge difference in an emergency. If you’re not sure, ask yourself:
Are you at risk of your health condition(s) causing an emergency? For instance, people with Type 1 Diabetes are at risk of having a low blood glucose event, which can cause a variety of symptoms, including (but of course not limited to) disorientation, loss of balance and coordination, and loss of consciousness. Wearing a medical ID bracelet custom engraved with your name, diagnosis, treatment instructions/considerations, and emergency contact information can make a tremendous difference in the outcome of that event. If a first responder knows immediate that s/he is seeing a diabetic emergency, s/he can jump straight to checking glucose numbers and treating you rather than doing detective work to figure out what’s going on. Says Jeremy*, an EMT and Santa Barbara City Fire Department Engineer, “It really speeds up the decision-making process [as we] try to, One: See what the problem is, and, Two: Try to correct it. If it’s something as simple as diabetes, if we give someone sugar, in less than a minute, they can be sitting up and talking to us. But if we don’t know they have diabetes, there’s a longer process to go through [...] One of the most important things is patient history, and any medical problems that are on that bracelet are huge clues [as we’re determining] what’s going on with that person.”
Even before first responders arrive, if a Good Samaritan reads your medical ID to a 911 dispatcher, they can immediately start providing better guidance to those attempting to assist you until medical professionals arrive.
Fifteen years ago, a teenage girl with Type 1 Diabetes inspired the design of the very first stylish, interchangeable medical ID bracelet. That was Lauren. And that first little group of bracelets she received as a gift from her mom’s friend was the beginning of Lauren’s Hope.
Today, we carry hundreds of medical ID jewelry styles for men, women, and kids with all manner of medical conditions all over the world. But in the beginning, we started with Type 1. That’s one of the many reasons why the Type 1 Diabetes community is so dear to us as a team and why giving back to Type 1 organizations nationwide is so core to who we are as a company. As we get into Diabetes Awareness Month, we hope you’ll join us in supporting the Type 1 community, not only today, but all year long.Read More