Sunday, August 26, 2007

Diabetes Social Security Disability SSI - Applying for Disability

Many people are unaware of the fact that diabetes can be debilitating and disabling even in its non-insulin dependent form, type II. However, each year many thousands of applications for social security disability and SSI see both type I diabetes and type II diabetes listed as impairments.

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Social Security Disability SSI and Diabetes

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The rest of this post provides basic information about type I and type II diabetes.

Worldwide, over 170 million individuals worldwide suffer from some form of diabetes. The United States alone has approximately thirty two million diagnosed individuals, and nearly six million undiagnosed cases of diabetes. Additionally, statistics indicate that there may be over forty million pre-diabetic individuals in the United States.

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder, which is classified into three major types: Type one, Type 2, and gestational.

Generally, Type 1 diabetes is referred to as “juvenile” diabetes because it is usually diagnosed in children, and is characterized by pancreatic dysfunction. Juvenile diabetes only accounts for 10 –15 percent of diabetic individuals in the United States. Type 1 diabetes is incurable, and can only be treated with careful blood sugar level monitoring and insulin.

Type 2 is often referred to as adult onset diabetes or non-insulin dependent diabetes. Adult onset diabetes is the most common type of diabetes, and is characterized by tissue-wide insulin resistance. Although Type 2 is not curable, its effects may be reversed through dietary changes, weight loss (about 55 percent of all adult onset diabetes patients are overweight), and medication.

Many individuals with Type 2 diabetes are often unaware that they have the disease. Symptoms of adult onset diabetes are usually mild or non-existent until long-term complications begin to develop.

What are some of the long-term complications of untreated adult onset diabetes? Chronic renal failure, coronary artery disease, and diabetic neuropathy.

Individuals with type 1 and 2 may experience diabetic neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy causes an individual to lose sensation; consequently cuts, abrasions, and ulcers often go untreated and become gangrenous. Gangrenous infections often result in amputations, which may affect fingers, toes, and legs), diabetic retinopathy (irreversible damage to vision), and non-alcoholic hepatitis are all severe long-term complications of untreated type 2 diabetes.

Gestational diabetes affects pregnant women and usually resolves with the birth of the child. However, women who have gestational diabetes may have a predisposition for diabetes, since between twenty and fifty percent of the women who have had gestational diabetes develop adult onset diabetes in later life.

All long term affects of diabetes are irreversible, therefore it is extremely important to have treatment. Treated individuals develop far fewer long-term complications and the complications are most often less severe.

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