Looking for diabetes essentials? Check out this roundup of some our favorite items that can be found on Amazon.
Vnox Medical Alert ID Bracelet
Wearing an ID bracelet is an easy — and fashionable — way to stay safe in case of an emergency. Vnox Jewelry produces an assortment of medical ID bracelets; most of them are made from stainless steel, but several styles are available in leather or silicone. You can pick from an array of styles, too, ranging from bangle bracelets with charms, to cuffs, to link bracelets. There are enough styles to appeal to women, men, and children alike, and you’ll have no trouble finding a bracelet that suits your personal style. If you have difficulty with clasps, try Vnox’s watch band-style bracelets.
Vnox medical alert ID bracelets are made from high-quality materials that are durable and affordable. Every bracelet displays the medical symbol to alert emergency and medical personnel that you have a medical condition. Amazon provides free engraving, as well. Prices are suited to any budget, and range from approximately $8.99 to $22.99, not including shipping.
OakRidge Sharps Container
If you have diabetes and check your blood sugar or inject insulin, you might be using sharps on a daily basis. “Sharps” refers to devices with sharp points or edges that can puncture or cut skin. Lancets, syringes, insulin pen needles, insulin pump infusion sets, and glucose sensor insertion needles are examples of sharps that are commonly used by people who have diabetes.
Used sharps are a real danger to people and pets if they’re not disposed of safely and properly because they can spread serious infections, including HIV and hepatitis B and C. It’s important to have an appropriate, designated container in which to place used sharps. OakRidge sharps containers come in packages of three, making them perfect for use at home, at work, and when traveling. They’re made of puncture- and impact-resistant material that meets Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards, including OSHA and EPA regulations for biohazardous waste collection. In addition, the clear lid on each of these containers allows you to see when it’s getting full; once the container is full, you can lock the lid before disposing of the container. Additionally, each container is clearly labeled with instructions for use, plus a biohazard warning.
Dex4 Glucose Gel
If you take insulin or types of diabetes pills called sulfonylureas or meglitinides, you’re at risk for hypoglycemia (low blood glucose), which is generally considered to be a blood glucose level below 70 mg/dl. Missing or delaying a meal, unplanned physical activity, drinking alcohol without eating, or taking more medicine than prescribed all raise the risk of having a “low.” Symptoms of hypoglycemia include feeling shaky or dizzy, sweating, feeling hungry, having a headache, or not being able to concentrate.
The best way to handle hypoglycemia is to prevent it from happening in the first place. But because life happens, it’s important to be prepared. Dex4 Glucose Gel is a fast-acting source of carbohydrate that’s an excellent option for treating low blood glucose. Using a glucose gel is a convenient and fast way to treat lows, since it doesn’t require chewing and is easy to swallow. Each 1.2-ounce pouch of Dex4 Glucose Gel contains 15 grams of carbohydrate — the amount recommended for treating hypoglycemia. The pouches are convenient to carry in your purse, briefcase, or backpack. Keep a few in your car’s glove compartment and desk drawer, as well. They’re also perfect for traveling or anytime you’re on the go!
Want to learn more about diabetes basics? Read “What Is a Normal Blood Sugar Level,” “12 Diabetes Myths Debunked,” and “Understanding Your Lab Test Results.”