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Massachusetts Disability Claims Sometimes Begin With the Endocrine System

In June 2011, the Social Security Administration introduced changes to one common disorder in the Blue Book Listing of Impairments. Endocrine disorders affect many people all over the world. Maybe you are one of them. In order to better understand this area of disability, here is some information to consider.

Endocrine disorders are diseases that relate to the body's endocrine glands. Hormones produced by the endocrine system are sent out into the bloodstream where they help to regulate things like breathing, balance of fluids, digestion and weight. When too much or too little of a specific hormone is produced, the body can be adversely affected.

The glands in the endocrine system include (among others) the:

  • Pituitary gland.
  • Hypothalamus.
  • Adrenal glands.
  • Thyroid.
  • Pancreas.

The most common endocrine disorders are caused by poor function of the pancreas, pituitary, thyroid and adrenal glands. These disorders include, among others:

  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Addison's Disease
  • Cushing's Syndrome
  • Graves Disease
  • Thyroid disorders: Hashimoto's, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism

The Social Security disability program qualification process for endocrine disorders is based on the idea that endocrine disorders can and do affect other body systems. Thankfully, most of these conditions can be treated successfully. However, if a condition is untreated, there may be many unforeseen and serious consequences in the body.

One example of this is diabetes mellitus, the most common result of a pancreatic gland disorder. There are two types:

  • Type 1: Previously known as "juvenile diabetes," Type 1 diabetes mellitus is a complete lack of insulin production. This type begins in childhood and continues throughout life. Sufferers must remain insulin dependent for their lifetimes.
  • Type 2: Previously known as "adult-onset diabetes mellitus," Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which the body's cells do not properly use insulin. Often changes in diet, exercise and increased insulin will control the condition.

Most of the time, both types of diabetes can be controlled. However, sometimes for various reasons they are not. If the sufferer is unaware that complications have begun, if other disorders complicate the diabetes, or if a mental disorder keeps the affected person from treating himself, very serious conditions can ensue. Suddenly a fairly common and easy to control disorder spins out of control and the person can become disabled.

At Keefe Disability Law, we understand that life brings both joys and sorrows. If you or a loved one is suffering from a disability and you need help with your claim, we are the people to contact. Call us toll free today in Massachusetts at 888-904-6847. We help clients throughout New England, including New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.


John L. Keefe
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