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Diabetes and Applying for Disability

It's estimated that more than 29 million Americans, or more than 9 percent of the population suffers from diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

And as much of a quarter of those with diabetes are likely still undiagnosed.

As anyone living with diabetes or a loved one with the disease can attest, the effects of poorly controlled diabetes can be devastating on one's standard of living.

Unfortunately, getting disability benefits for diabetes can be difficult.

First, a mere diabetes diagnosis is not enough to qualify for disability benefits.

The Social Security Administration uses a "Listing of Impairments' to determine conditions that automatically qualify for disability, and there is currently no listing for diabetes.

However, some of the complications of diabetes, including coronary artery diseases, chronic heart failure, diabetic neuropathy, diabetic retinopathy, or wounds that will not heal may meet other listings for cardiovascular, kidney, vision, or skin infection impairments.

It's also important to note that you may be denied benefits if your diabetes is uncontrolled because you are not compliant with your medication, so it's important to have a physician document that this is not the reason your diabetes cannot be controlled.

Even if the conditions related to your diabetes do not quite meet any of the listings, you may still be eligible to receive disability benefits.

Social Security also considers what's called a Residual Functional Capacity, or RFC, to determine what type of work you're capable of despite your impairments.

The RFC takes into account your age, education, past work experience, and how your diabetes effects your ability to work.

How your treating physician characterizes your RFC can be a particularly strong piece of evidence in a disability case, but considering the difficulties that an application involving diabetes can face, it's also best to consult with an experienced Social Security disability attorney at the start of your application if you are seeking benefits based on a diabetes diagnosis.

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