The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers a number of conditions to be severe enough to prevent you from working. Regardless of the condition, all impairments are subject to evaluation and you must meet certain criteria to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.
Though most of the conditions listed by the SSA as disabling are permanent or expected to result in death, those that are not require evidence showing that the condition has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year. Our dedicated Social Security Disability lawyers are here to help and support you during this time.
Diabetes mellitus, commonly referred to as diabetes, may be inherited in genes and is caused by an improper production and/or use of insulin in the body. Insulin is needed to turn sugar and other food into energy. If your body fails to produce and use insulin in the right way, it causes sugar to build up in the blood.
There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease, which develops when the body fails to produce enough insulin and misuses what insulin it does produce. Diabetes type 2 typically develops in middle-aged adults but can appear in adolescents and young adults as well.
Type 1 diabetes is more likely to develop in children and young adults. Daily insulin injections are imperative to the survival of people suffering from type 1 diabetes as the pancreas produces little to no insulin on its own.
Diabetes is considered a disabling condition by the SSA and may qualify you for either SSD or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits dependent on the condition and your age. As diabetes affects the endocrine system, it is classified with other conditions that are caused by over- or under-production of hormones and result in structural or functional changes in the body.
Diabetes is evaluated by the SSA under three conditions: