Can I Get Disability for Diabetes?

How Is Diabetes Diagnosed?

Diabetes is diagnosed by doing lab work and finding high levels of glucose in the blood stream. One useful test, called the A1C, measures and averages what your blood sugar level has been for the past 3 months.

Can People With Type 2 Diabetes Qualify for Disability Benefits?

If you have a diabetes-related condition that is listed in the SSA Blue Book, it does not matter whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. The SSA may find you disabled if your symptoms have prevented you from working full-time for at least one year.

How Long Do Disability Benefits for Diabetes Last?

Your SSDI benefits can last until you reach the age of 65, as long as your remain disabled and meet the SSDI eligibility requirements. After you turn 65, your SSDI benefits end, and your retirement benefits start. On the other hand, SSI benefits for diabetes can continue for as long as you meet the SSI eligibility requirements and remain disabled.

What Should You Do if You Don't Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

The majority of first-time Social Security Disability claims are, in fact, denied. If the SSA denies your SSD benefits claim, you can always start the process of appealing the decision. Consult with an experienced Social Security Disability attorney to review your case and explore if there is any new information that would make your claim stronger.

The first step in the appeals process is called “reconsideration,” and it involves a complete case review by someone in your local Disability Determination Services office who was not involved in the initial review and decision about your claim. This person will consider all the evidence and documentation you included in your initial claim, as well as any new evidence you can provide.

About the Author

Rick Fleming practices Social Security Disability law at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. In addition to heading up the firm’s Social Security Disability Department, he is a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law and fluent in English and Spanish. Rick has received multiple Order of Service awards from the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, and he is an active board member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR). He currently holds the board-elected position of NOSSCR Treasurer, after completing a year serving as the organization’s Secretary.