Diabetes and SSD Benefits
Diabetes is a chronic (lifelong) illness that is caused by low levels of insulin or resistance insulin, and this results in high levels of sugar in the blood. It is the job of insulin to transport these sugar cells to various parts of the body so that they can be used as energy; with little to no insulin, this process is not completed. The symptoms of high levels of sugar in the blood are blurry vision, fatigue, hunger, weight loss and various other complications. Like with any other illness, the severity can grow with age.
The onset of fatigue caused by diabetes is enough to keep an individual from work. This coupled along with the damage diabetes causes to various parts of the body can render someone unable to work ; for example, diabetes can cause problems with vision that can eventually lead to blindness, and thus eliminating several if not all job opportunities.
Diabetes and Filing for Californaia SSD Benefits
If the applicant’s impairment falls within the following categories set forth by Social Security’s Listing 9.08, then a strong claim may exist. The Listing is as follows;
- Neuropathy demonstrated by significant and persistent disorganization of motor function in two extremities resulting in sustained disturbance of gross and dexterous movements, or gait and station (see 11.00C); or
- Acidosis occurring at least on the average of once every 2 months documented by appropriate blood chemical tests (pH or pC02 or bicarbonate levels); or
- Retinitis proliferans; evaluate the visual impairment under the criteria in 2.02, 2.03, or 2.04.
The weakness and fatigue caused by diabetes rules out many jobs. Many diabetics are unsuited to work because their blood sugar levels spike too often. The neuropathy (pain/tingling) that occurs in the legs of individuals suffering from diabetes makes it difficult for them to stand or walk. Also, the same process that causes the neuropathy in the legs also affects the eyes leading to loss of vision, and possibly, blindness. Diabetes claims can be complex. Hiring an experienced Social Security Disability attorney for Social Security Disability help can help you improve your chances of winning your claim.