Diabetes Mellitus, including both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, can become absolutely debilitating for a number of reasons, including severely decreased stamina, reduced cognitive functioning, and severe pain from neuropathy. One or a combination of all of these limitations can limit and individuals ability to work on a full-time basis. While treatment of diabetes has advanced over recent decades, a number of chronic symptoms persist even among those with “well-controlled” diabetes. The Mayo Clinic has compiled the following list of signs and symptoms:
- Increased thirst
– Frequent urination
– Extreme hunger
– Unexplained weight loss
– Presence of ketones in the urine (ketones are a byproduct of the breakdown of muscle and fat that happens when there’s not enough available insulin)
– Blurred vision
– Slow-healing sores
– Frequent infections, such as gums or skin infections and vaginal infections
Whether you suffer from diabetes type 1 or 2, if the severity of your symptoms has caused you to stop working and you feel that you are unable to work again on a full-time basis, you may be eligible for SSDI or SSI disability benefits.
To learn more about your eligibility for Social Security disability benefits and how diabetes can prevent individuals from working, please call our office or complete a contact form on this site.