People with Celiac Disease are often surprised to learn that they need to wear medical ID jewelry, commenting that they simply do not eat gluten-containing foods. However, gluten isn’t limited to foods. In fact, gluten is a common ingredient in soaps, cosmetics, personal care items, and medications. In an emergency, EMTs and ER personnel need to know about a Celiac diagnosis so they can avoid gluten-containing medications, exposure to which could quickly worsen an already complex situation. As people may be disoriented, scared, or unconscious in emergencies, wearing a Celiac Disease medical ID helps provide immediate access to this critical information.
"Wear a medical alert ID bracelet or necklace engraved with important information for emergency responders & healthcare providers."
-Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Celiac Disease awareness has increased greatly in recent years, which has helped a great many people learn more about this autoimmune disease. One of the things we have learned is that Celiac Disease has a high rate of, “comorbidity,” which means that if a person has Celiac Disease, s/he is more likely to have other digestive diseases and autoimmune conditions. For instance, the Celiac Disease Foundation notes that, “most studies conclude that celiac disease is more common in IBD patients. Researchers believe the prevalence of Crohn’s disease is higher than ulcerative colitis in patients with celiac disease.”
Did you know? Sometimes people think a Celiac Disease symptom, such as nausea or vomiting, is an allergic reaction, but food allergies (including gluten allergies) and Celiac Disease are different. Both require a gluten-free diet, but a gluten sensitivity, gluten allergy, gluten intolerance, and Celiac Disease are all different conditions.
The prevalence of comorbidity is an important note here, because when you need a Celiac Disease bracelet, you may also need a medic alert for Crohn’s or Type 1 Diabetes. Thankfully, custom engraving means every med ID works for you. You simply choose the style you prefer, and we will engrave it with your Celiac diagnosis and any other medical condition you may have.
If you or someone you love has Celiac Disease, medical alert jewelry is a true necessity. We recommend listing your name, diagnosis(es), any medications, all allergies, and emergency contact numbers.
Here are some examples of common engravings for medical ID jewelry for people with Celiac Disease: