The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that almost 26 million Americans, more than 8 percent of us, suffer from diabetes. With the proper treatment, most diabetes sufferers are able to live nearly normal lives, work or attend school, and raise families like the rest of us. But for some people, the disease is catastrophic and disabling. These people find that diabetes prevents them from working or from living anything that resembles a normal life. When diabetes strikes this severely, victims may qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.
Diabetes is generic term for a group of several similar diseases with various causes. A diabetic person has high blood sugar because the pancreas does not create enough insulin (which helps cells absorb sugar) or because cells do not properly respond to the insulin that is produced. High blood sugar causes frequent urination, heightened thirst, and increased feelings of hunger. The three most common types of diabetes are:
Type 1 diabetes: Type 1 is caused by the failure of the pancreas to produce insulin. Those who suffer from Type 1 diabetes must either inject insulin or wear an insulin pump. Type 1 was formerly known as “juvenile diabetes.”
Type 2 diabetes: Type 2 is the result of insulin resistance, the failure of cells to use insulin properly. Type 2 was previously referred to as “adult-onset diabetes.”
The third form, gestational diabetes, arises when a pregnant woman without a previous history of diabetes develops a high blood glucose level. It may precede Type 2 diabetes.
The precise cause of diabetes remains unknown, but researchers believe Type 1 may be caused by environmental factors: foods, viruses, and toxins, viruses. Type 2 is obesity-related, apparently resulting from poor nutrition and a lack of exercise or other physical activity.
If you have diabetes and it is keeping you from working, you should speak to an experienced disability attorney. You may qualify for SSD benefits, but proving your case to the Social Security Administration may be a challenge. A good disability lawyer will be able to document and demonstrate your diabetes and the degree to which it is preventing you from working. Don’t wait another day to apply for the benefits that are legally yours; contact an experienced Social Security Disability attorney today.