November is National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month. With more than 30 million Americans suffering from some form of the disease, Social Security Disability questions are common.

Social Security recently removed Diabetes from its Listings of Impairments, this is the list othe official conditions which can cause total disability. In a 2014 Ruling, SSA analyzed the disease but gave little guidance as to determining total disability.

As in any medical condition, the focus of a claim will be upon the clinical findings and records of the treating medical specialists. If there is neuropathy in the hands or feet, it needs to be documented at each office visit. Problems using forks, keyboards, buttons and pens should be reported each time someone sees a doctor. Vision problems and kidney may be vocational issues, but both will depend upon the severity of the symptoms on the ability to do basic work functions. The key to winning a case when Diabetes is an element: prove HOW the disease impacts the body, and why that impact prevents a claimant from working full-time.

The national website for the Diabetes Association has lots of good info: