Does diabetes qualify for Social Security Disability?

Millions of Americans pursue active lifestyles and lead full careers with diabetes. For people with pre-existing conditions or more serious cases of diabetes, the opposite may prove true. Because of this, if you suffer from a serious case of diabetes, you may become eligible for Social Security Disability. 

According to WebMD, type 2 diabetes is the diabetic condition that may cause you to gain eligibility. Diabetes does not rank among the most common diseases that cause people to seek disability benefits, so you may need to push a little harder for approval. 

Situations that make qualification more likely

If you are unable to control your diabetes and it leads to or worsens other health conditions, you may qualify. However, the Social Security Administration must feel convinced that the health conditions may last for a year or longer. 

Hyperglycemia is one common example of this. When blood sugar remains high, it may damage your heart, brain and intestines. This condition may also affect your eyesight, kidneys, skin and mental health. In some cases, amputation becomes necessary. 

What to know about the process

Pursuing SSD for diabetes can become a long and complex process. It may take as long as five months before you ever receive a response. To make matters worse, 80% of first-time applicants receive a denial. Even so, many people believe the potential future benefits are worth it. 

The SSA keeps your application on file and you may appeal at a later date. Consider appealing if your situation worsens or you develop additional complications. Monitoring your health and keeping impeccable medical records may work in your favor. 

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