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North Carolina Social Security Disability and Diabetes

The Clauson Law Firm has years of experience working with disabled individuals living with diabetes. When diabetes is left uncontrolled for years, and complications develop, a person may meet Social Security’s qualifications for disability.

As is the case for anyone living with a chronic health condition understands, life is not always easy for diabetics. The daily responsibilities of injections, blood testing, monitoring diet and exercise, and regular doctor’s visits can be overwhelming sometimes. These tasks can be particularly overwhelming if the person is without health insurance and the resources necessary to properly control their conditions. In some cases, when the blood sugar goes uncontrolled for years, serious complications can develop, leading to a permanent disability.

In its most severe and advanced cases diabetes mellitus can be a disabling condition. Diabetes is divided into two types: type one and type two. Type one diabetes is typically juvenile onset diabetes. Usually a child has a predisposition to diabetes in their genes, and when their immune system is compromised, the pancreas fails, and insulin dependent diabetes develops.

Type one diabetics must take insulin injections or use an insulin pump to deliver insulin throughout the day, and they must test their blood glucose on a regular basis. Type one diabetics sometimes develop complications in adulthood such as insulin resistance, vision issues, organ damage and neuropathy that can support a finding of disability by Social Security.

Type two diabetes is typically adult onset diabetes that develops later in life. Type two diabetes, although it can be caused by a number of factors, is largely caused by obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. Type two diabetics treat their condition with both oral medications and injections. They must also monitor their blood sugars. Diabetes can be a disabling condition when blood sugars are not controlled.

Many claimants believe that a diagnosis of diabetes will automatically grant a Social Security disability approval. However, this is false, as many people with diabetes work and live a long, healthy life. The advances in medicine have enabled many people with diabetes to live a relatively “normal” life. There are even professional athletes who have diabetes. Diabetes can be controlled through medication, diet, exercise, and a healthy life style.

However, when blood sugars are not controlled over the years, diabetic complications can develop, and many of these complications are irreversible. A diabetic complication alone, or a combination of several diabetic complications, can stop someone with diabetes from being able to work.

Common complications caused by diabetes are:

  • Peripheral Neuropathy: nerve damage in the extremities, typically a tingling or burning pain in the arms and legs.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy: gradual or sudden impairment of vision caused by diabetes
  • Foot ulcers, amputations, and generally poor circulation
  • High Blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Kidney damage
  • Mental health issues, typically depression

If you have diabetes and have been unable to control your blood sugars resulting in severe complications, then you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. If you live in North Carolina, have diabetes and are unable to work, please call The Clauson law Firm, PLLC. We specialize in Social Security Disability benefits, and we have helped many people with diabetes receive the benefits they deserve.

Contact a North Carolina Disability Attorney for Diabetes

If you have diabetes and are applying for Social Security disability benefits, please call 919-794-7872 (in Durham) or 866-674-8810 (toll free throughout North Carolina).

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