Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits with Diabetes

By Disability Group

If living life with diabetes prevents you from being able to work, it may be time to file for Social Security Disability.  Diabetes is considered by SSA along with its effects on other parts of the body, such as the nervous system or the eyes.  In order to be approved for disability with diabetes, it has to have caused other complications that prevent you from working.  These include conditions are that are caused by both hyperglycemia (high levels of sugar in the blood stream), or hypoglycemia (lower than normal levels of sugar in the blood stream).

Diabetes can cause many other complications that limit your ability to work.  If either high blood sugar or low blood sugar has caused you to develop other conditions, you may qualify for disability benefits.  Some of the conditions that Social Security will consider along with your diabetes are:

  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Seizures
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Infections that will not clear
  • Cardiac Conditions
  • Amputations
  • Gastrointestinal Issues
  • Mental or  Cognitive Conditions

Social Security will also determine whether you can work by examining how your diabetes and relevant conditions limit your ability to perform daily functions.  If your conditions will cause a significant disturbance in the workplace and prevent you from performing a job in the national economy, you can be awarded on this basis. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Difficulty walking
  • Difficulty seeing/damaged vision
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Difficulty performing simple tasks
  • Frequent seizures or loss of consciousness
  • Bladder/Bowel dysfunction

If your condition has progressed to the point where you cannot sit or stand for more than an hour at a time, you may be disabled under Social Security’s rules.  Similarly if you are prone to seizures or loss of consciousness due to hypoglycemia, you may be eligible for benefits.

Due to the fact that diabetes affects each person differently, it is important to see a doctor regularly to monitor the progress of the disease.  Frequent doctor visits are an essential part of applying for disability benefits; the more thorough and frequent your doctor visits, the more information Social Security will have to make their decision.  Logging numbers and insulin dosages may prove to be useful both in your claim and also in controlling your diabetes.