Diabetes: Complications Could be Disabling

There has been an increase in the number of people suffering from diabetes. A majority of diabetes cases are type 2 diabetes, which generally affects adults. Occasionally, diabetes can cause severe complications that make it impossible for someone to hold down a job. These individuals may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Income benefits if they meet certain qualifications.

Many different factors may lead to type 2 diabetes, but one of the most common causes is obesity. Often, many people are unaware that they even have the condition until it becomes rather serious. Type 2 diabetes can take some time to develop; however, even though treatment options are available, there is no cure.

Diabetics can suffer from many different health issues associated with the condition. Most serious of these could be amputations or kidney problems, which may develop over time. Chronic pain and fatigue are also two frequent health problems that often arise, both of which can make working extremely difficult.

For those individuals requesting Social Security Disability Income benefits, specific qualifications must be met. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will examine each application to determine if the individual has a condition which will keep the person from being able to work.

Each condition will have specific medical criteria that must be present, meaning that the application must include information from doctors that help prove the condition. Often, many of these applications are denied at the initial stages. Applicants can appeal these decisions, but this can add a significant amount of time to an already lengthy process.

Those applying for benefits need to know what to expect throughout the process. It is easy to become frustrated and give up. By understanding what happens during each stage, applicants can help ensure that their applications are complete.

Source: Emax Health “Diabetes treatment: New standard beyond blood sugar control recommended” Kathleen Blanchard, August 7, 2012.