When you have diabetes, or another chronic, and potentially debilitating condition, and use insulin it’s a good idea to have a medical ID with you at all times.
If you ever experience severe hypoglycemia, the ID can provide critical information about your health status, such as the fact that you have diabetes, and whether or not you use insulin, or have any allergies.
Emergency medical personnel are trained to look for a medical ID when they are caring for someone who can't speak for themselves, and it can help them care for you more effectively.
Today there are all sorts of different options for Medical IDs – from bracelets and necklaces to key chains and pendants. They can be etched with basic, key health information about you, and some IDs now include compact USB drives that can carry your full medical record for use in an emergency.