Qualifying for Disability Benefits with Diabetes and Hyperglycemia

Diabetes mellitus – more commonly referred to as diabetes – is a type of endocrine disorder that affects how a person’s body uses glucose (blood sugar). While glucose is important to our health, too much sugar in our blood can cause extensive damage and serious health problems.

Hypoglycemia is a condition in which your blood sugar (glucose) level is lower than the standard range. It is often related to diabetes treatment, but other drugs and a variety of conditions — many rare — can cause low blood sugar in people who don’t have diabetes. 

To learn more about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines these disabilities, visit Section 9.00 of the Blue Book.

Does Diabetes Qualify for Disability?

When applying for disability benefits, your diabetes is more likely to qualify if you’re on insulin and you have A1C test results showing 10% or higher. Your chances of approval are highest if you can also show that you’ve received treatment but your symptoms have persisted.

Your chances of getting approved also increase if you have any of the following complications caused by diabetes:

  • Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), especially if it requires hospital treatment
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Intestinal necrosis
  • Cerebral edema and seizures
  • Hyperglycemia, especially if you experience long-term complications
  • Chronic hyperglycemia
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Diabetic nephropathy
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Mental health conditions that make it harder to treat your diabetes, such as depression or anxiety

Regardless of what symptoms or complications you experience, it’s important to work closely with your doctor so they can document your condition. The SSA will look for detailed medical records and failing to show that you’ve been diagnosed and received treatment will hurt your case.

How Do I Apply for Disability Benefits?

To apply for disability benefits, it’s important to understand the disability application process. If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes and believe you may qualify, contact us today for a free disability case evaluation.

You could be entitled to $3,822 a month. See if you qualify today!

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