how severe your illness in order to qualify for disability benefits. Unfortunately, Social Security Administration no longer separate diabetes in the Blue Book disability listing, so being diagnosed with diabetes will not automatically qualify you for disability benefits. However, if your complications arising from your diabetes will not be under the disability listing, and you may get approved for your disability benefits. If your complications meet the listing requirements, you will get approved for your disability benefits, before Social Security determine your Assessment Report.
Here are some listing that people may have complications from diabetes (hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia) often suffer from:
- Diabetic peripheral nephropathy (Listing 6.06). If your kidneys are no longer filtering properly and require daily dialysis or too much creatinine in your plasma or too much protein, you may qualify for your disability benefits.
- Diabetic retinopathy (Listing 2.00). If you vision is blurred or have poor visual acuity (between 20/100 and 20/200 in your good eye), or poor peripheral vision from surgery to fix your central vision, then you can qualify for your disability benefits under the Blue Book Listing.
- Diabetic peripheral neuropathies (Listing 11.114). Many people with diabetes have some sort of nerve damage in their legs, hands, arms, or feet. In order to qualify for benefits under this listing showing your neuropathy causes sever disruption in your ability to stand, walk or utilize your hands in a skilled manner.
- Cardiovascular problems when Diabetes lead to chronic heart failure (listings 4.02), coronary artery disease (listing 4.04), peripheral vascular disease (listing 4.12), and an irregular heartbeat (listing 4.02).
- Amputation of an extremity (Listing 1.05). If you had your foot amputated due to nerve damage and have poor circulation due to diabetes, you may qualify for disability benefits for your limitations.
- Bacterial infections and poorly healing skin (Listing 8.04). You need to have an ulcerating skin lesion that will last for three months of treatment and still have difficulty in using your hands and walking you can qualify for your disability benefits under chronic skin infections listing.
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