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Can my diabetes qualify me for disability?

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Pancreatic disorders are classified as disorders that interrupt or change the production of essential bodily hormones. One hormone that can be affected and cause disastrous health issues is insulin. Insulin regulates metabolism and digestion and is the body’s tool for absorbing glucose from the bloodstream.

Once it absorbs the glucose, insulin converts it into energy for your body’s cells, muscles and tissues. However, if your body is unable to produce the hormone (or production is somehow altered), glucose will build up in your bloodstream, causing a debilitating and even life-threatening condition.

Considering the health risks involved with insulin problems, does the SSA recognize diabetes as a legitimate ailment for disability consideration?

Insulin Disorders Considered Debilitating Enough to Qualify for Disability

As a result of the importance of proper insulin production, as well as the effects of insulin disorders, the Social Security Administration’s blue book of adult disability impairments includes several insulin disorders as viable conditions for disability approval depending on the severity of the condition and the effect on other body systems.

Recognized insulin disorders include:

  • Type 1 Diabetes. Previously known as “juvenile diabetes” or “insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus,” type 1 diabetes results from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin to convert the amount of glucose in the blood. It generally begins in childhood and continues throughout adulthood.
  • Type 2 Diabetes. Previously known as “adult-onset diabetes mellitus” or “non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus,” type 2 diabetes occurs when the body’s cells fail to properly respond to the effects of insulin, impairing glucose absorption and metabolism.
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis. Acute, potentially life-threatening complication of diabetes, where the body begins to burn fatty acids for energy in order to replace the lack of converted cellular energy which the deficient insulin couldn’t produce. Unfortunately, acidic bodies known as ketones are released during the process of burning fatty acids, and if not controlled, can cause debilitating pain and death.   
  • Chronic hyperglycemia. Both types of diabetes can cause hyperglycemia, which is an abnormally high level of glucose in the blood that results from insulin being unable to filter it all out. The excess glucose may produce acute and long-term health complications
  • Chronic hypoglycemia. The opposite of hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia is an abnormally low level of blood glucose. Effects can vary, but severe hypoglycemia can lead to complications in the brain (brain tissue doesn’t receive enough glucose to function properly), including seizures or loss of consciousness.

Applying With Confidence

If you’re suffering from an endocrine disorder that has severely (if not permanently) affected your ability to support yourself, you deserve help. Let us educate you on your disability rights, while making sure your claim is filed correctly. Our personal knowledge and expertise on disability law will give you the confidence and support you need to accurately apply for the disability benefits you deserve. Don’t allow your disorder to affect your future independence as well as your health. Contact us today for a free consultation and review of your claim. You’ll be happy that you did. 

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