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Can you get disability benefits if you have diabetes?

You love your work and you love your job. Unfortunately, you do have uncontrolled diabetes that hinders your work day. The second time the ambulance was called for you, your employer asked if you needed more time off.

You started going to your doctor to figure out what to do, but you couldn't go to work with such uncontrolled sugar levels. It's dangerous for yourself and others.

One thing you may be able to do is to apply for disability benefits. While not all people will diabetes will qualify for benefits, some will if the disease is bad enough.

How can you qualify for Social Security Disability if you have diabetes?

To qualify, you'll need to meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disabled and show that you can't control your diabetes well. You will also need to show that you have significant health issues as a result of the uncontrolled sugar levels in your body.

Problems with your blood sugar levels as a result of diabetes must be severe and cause you more than just an occasional problem. For example, you may qualify if your kidneys have damage, your vision is affected and for a number of other reasons. The SSA will determine if they think your case is serious enough to justify benefits.

If your claim is Social Security is denied, you can appeal by providing more information and evidence of the severity of your disease. An experienced attorney can help you submit information in a way that may make it easier to overcome any objections the claims examiner has in your case.

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