The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers a number of conditions to be severe enough to prevent you from working. Regardless of the condition, all are subject to evaluation and must meet certain criteria to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

Though most of the conditions listed by the SSA as disabling are permanent or expected to result in death, those that are not require evidence showing that the condition has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year. Our dedicated Social Security Disability lawyers are here to help and support you during this time.

Diabetes and Social Security

Diabetes mellitus, commonly referred to as diabetes, may be inherited and is caused by an improper production and/or use of insulin in the body. Insulin is needed to turn sugar and other food into energy. If your body fails to produce and use insulin in the right way, it causes sugar to build up in the blood.

There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease, which develops when the body fails to produce enough insulin and misuses what insulin it does produce. This type typically develops in middle-aged adults, but can appear in adolescents and young adults as well.

Type 1 diabetes is more likely to develop in children and young adults. Daily insulin injections are imperative to the survival of people suffering from type 1 diabetes, as the pancreas produces little to no insulin on its own.

Disability Requirements for Diabetes

Diabetes is considered a disabling condition by the SSA and may qualify you for either SSD or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits dependent on the condition and your age. As diabetes affects the endocrine system, it is classified with other conditions that are caused by over- or under-production of hormones and result in structural or functional changes in the body.

Diabetes is evaluated by the SSA using three categories of conditions:


  • What it is: nerve disorders caused by diabetes
  • How it is evaluated: by significant and persistent disorganization of motor function in two extremities resulting in long-term movement problems


  • What it is: acid build-up in the blood caused by low insulin
  • How it is evaluated: by occurring at least on the average of once every two months documented by appropriate blood chemical tests

Retinitis Proliferans

  • What it is: damage to the blood vessels at the back of the eye (retina)
  • How it is evaluated: by visual impairment examining the criteria for loss of visual acuity or efficiency.

We Can Help You Get SSD Benefits

Diabetes can range in severity, as some people can control it with lifestyle changes while others suffer from severe health complications. If your diabetes interferes with your ability to work and earn a living, you may be eligible to receive benefits from the SSA. However, the approval process is complex, and it can be difficult to get approved without an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer on your side.

The legal professionals at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin understand how the SSA works, and we can build a claim that helps maximize your chances of getting the money your family deserves. Best of all, there’s no upfront costs to you. Don’t wait to get help—contact our law firm today by dialing (800) 477-7315.

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