Diabetes Mellitus

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)
– Fatigue
– Irritability
– 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.

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