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Diabetes Does Not Always Lead to SSD Benefits

Posted by Louis B. Lusk | May 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Diabetes Does Not Always Lead to SSD Benefits

Diabetes is a disease noted for high glucose levels in a person's blood. The pancreas produces insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. When a person has diabetes, the body is unable to use insulin properly resulting in high blood sugar levels. The Social Security Administration lists diabetes as an endocrine disorder. There are different reasons for this insulin problem. Types of Diabetes There are 3 types of diabetes: type 1, formerly known as juvenile diabetes; type 2, formerly known as adult on-set diabetes; and gestational diabetes, which only happens to pregnant women. In Type 1 diabetes, the body attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas and a deficiency in insulin production occurs. When the body is unable to produce insulin, an individual must use insulin injections to control blood sugar levels, along with meal planning and exercise. Type 2 diabetes occurs when a person's body either doesn't produce enough insulin or does not use the insulin it produces effectively to lower blood sugar levels. This is called insulin-resistance. There is a range of options for controlling type 2 diabetes depending on the individual. The third type is gestational diabetes and occurs only in pregnant women. Pregnancy hormones basically short-circuit the mother's insulin balance and causes blood sugar levels to increase. Most pregnant women are given a blood glucose test between 24 and 28 weeks gestation. Gestational diabetes is controlled mainly through diet modification and exercising, but insulin may be needed by some women. Complications Social Security Disability benefits are only given to individuals who show they are unable to work. Diabetes by itself can be controlled and individuals can live and work without problems. It is where diabetes is not well controlled or an individual is not diagnosed until major damage has occurred where disabilities can occur. High levels of blood sugar can cause many problems in the body. Possible problems include cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. Blood glucose can clog arteries causing nerve damage in fingers and feet. If blood flow is lessened to toes and feet, it is possible to suffer extensive damage and require amputation. Lessened blood flow to the brain and inflammation caused by high insulin levels can also increase the risk for Alzheimer's disease. Glucose clogs can also damage the delicate blood vessels in the kidneys leading to kidney failure. Kidney failure requires an individual use dialysis to remove impurities from the blood, and an individual can require a kidney transplant. Not only do the kidneys have delicate blood vessels, but also the eyes. Diabetes patients have increased risk for glaucoma, cataracts, and blindness. A lot of these problems stem from nerve damage. This is known as neuropathy. Neuropathy can be tingling or numbness in toes or fingers or can be pain in varying body parts. Having neuropathy by itself will not lead to SSD benefits. There must be medical proof that diabetic neuropathy has lead to problems with other body systems leading to an inability to remain gainfully employed. Reviewing your situation with our disability attorney can help you assess your needs and whether your situation will qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. See Related Posts: Peripheral Artery Disease Leading to the Need for Social Security Disability Social Security Disability and Fibromyalgia

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Louis B. Lusk

About Louis B. Lusk – Disability Attorney Attorney Louis B. Lusk has helped thousands of disabled individuals recover Social Security disability and SSI disability benefits.  He is an active member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives (NOSSCR), an organizat...


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