Can You Receive SSD Benefits For Uncontrollable Diabetes?

by Clauson on January 4, 2018



Though diabetes is a common condition that is generally regulated with medication, there are some diabetes that have trouble managing the symptoms. When it’s hard to control the symptoms, this can lead to serious health issues. Health issues that may arise are kidney disease, neuropathy, or vision loss. Side effects that are as serious as these can lead to unemployment and other difficulties in daily life.

Disability Benefits for Uncontrolled Diabetes

Here are the three kinds of Diabetes:

  • Type 1: “juvenile” Diabetes
  • Type 2: “adult onset” Diabetes
  • Gestational Diabetes

If you have elevated blood glucose levels, then you most likely have pre-diabetes and you are at a high risk of developing diabetes so your doctor will likely have you on medication.

What are the symptoms?

Diabetes generally shows numerous symptoms such as:

  • Extremely parched as well as the need to constantly urinate.
  • Always hungry, mainly between your meals
  • Drowsiness
  • Weight loss
  • Irritability

It is a common complaint that those who suffer from diabetes have dry and itchy skin and also tend to have fungal infections. You can also get some numbness in your feet as well as blurred vision. Those with diabetes tend to have skin that is slow to heal wounds or sores.

There are three blood tests that can determine if someone has diabetes. The three blood tests are:

  • A plasma glucose test where you have to fast for 8 hours
  • Oral glucose tolerance test that also requires an 8 hour fasting and ends with a glucose-containing drink where you have to wait at the doctor 2 hours after consumption
  • A plasma glucose test that is random, but can measure blood glucose without having to fast

How to File For SSD Benefits

You can find diabetes listed in SSA’s impairment handbook, the Blue Book, where it will list the condition and the benefits you can receive for that condition. There isn’t a distinction between Type 1 and Type 2 in the book and there is also nothing in the book of any severe health problems that are caused by diabetes. You can find the health problems listed separately in the Blue Book where you can find more information. This is setup like this because SSA wants the qualification measure to focus on the health issues and what is keeping the claimant from performing daily activities at work.

Proving that you have health issues due to diabetes can sometimes be hard to do, so working closely with a doctor during this time is a good idea. Make sure your doctor is taking notes about your condition and you are also keeping all of your medical documents organized. You should also consider working with a disability attorney so they can help you file your diabetes case so you will have the highest chance at being approved.

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