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Q: Can I receive disability benefits based on my diabetes diagnosis?

A:

Diabetes, both Type 1 and Type 2, can wreak havoc on a person’s life, even from a young age. When your cells become dependent on or resistant to insulin, your blood sugar levels can go haywire. When left untreated diabetes can cause vision loss, skin problems, and nerve problems in many patients, and can often severely limit a person’s ability to work.

You Will Not Qualify Based on Your Diabetes Diagnosis Alone

If you have successfully managed your symptoms with medication, the Social Security Administration will not consider your condition disabling. As we mentioned earlier, however, uncontrolled diabetes can lead to very serious side effects that could be considered disabling. These side effects could include:

  • Vision loss
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Skin ulcers and chronic wounds
  • Amputation
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart disease

While Diabetes Is No Longer Considered a Disability in its Own Right, the Symptoms Associated With it Could Qualify You to Benefits

Your disability claims examiner will review your work history, job skills, training, age, and Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) to determine if you can engage in any form of work.

Much of your case rests on medical evidence, and therefore enlisting the expertise of a specialist (rather than your primary care physician) can help strengthen your application for disability benefits. Also important is to continue properly managing your diabetes through medication, diet, and lifestyle changes.

Seeking the Help of an Experienced Disability Attorney Can Help Ensure That Your Application Is as Strong as Possible

An attorney can also help if your claim is denied by representing you in the appeals process. For more information about how a lawyer can assist with your case, contact us today for a free consultation!

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