Can I Get Disability Benefits for Diabetes?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2016-05-26 14:24:38 -0500
Started 2013-01-22 21:17:37 -0600

If you have diabetes, Social Security disability benefits may be available. To determine whether you are disabled by diabetes, the Social Security Administration first considers whether your diabetes is severe enough to meet or equal a listing at Step 3 of the Sequential Evaluation Process.

If your diabetes is not severe enough to equal or meet a listing, the Social Security Administration must assess your residual functional capacity (RFC) (the work you can still do, despite your diabetes), to determine whether you qualify for benefits at Step 4 and Step 5 of the Sequential Evaluation Process. See Residual Functional Capacity Assessment for Diabetes.

How to Get Disability Benefits for Diabetes by Meeting a Listing

To determine whether you are disabled at Step 3 of the Sequential Evaluation Process, the Social Security Administration will consider whether your diabetes is severe enough to meet or equal the diabetes listing.

The Social Security Administration has developed a set of rules called Listing of Impairments for most common impairments. The listing for each impairment describes a degree of severity that the Social Security Administration presumes would prevent a person from performing substantial work. If your diabetes is severe enough to meet or equal the diabetes listing, you will be eligible for disability benefits.

The listing for diabetes is 9.08, which has three parts: A, B, and C. You will be disabled if you meet either part A, part B, or Part C.

Equaling a Listing With a Combination of Impairments from Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is a multi-faceted disease.

Even if you don’t meet one of the diabetes listings, you may still be found disabled at Step 3 of the Sequential Evaluation Process. You may have a combination of impairments that together equal the severity of disability of a listing. For example, you may have autonomic neuropathy with hospitalizations for gastric paralysis or dizziness from low blood pressure related to autonomic insufficiency affecting the arterial vascular bed; or an enlarged heart, with coronary artery disease, etc

7 replies

Mirena 2013-02-10 15:43:46 -0600 Report

I thought about applying for SSI. But I don't think I would qualify since I am able body and working.

jayabee52 2013-02-11 00:04:17 -0600 Report

yes, diabetes is not BY ITSELF cause for ssi.

meragoyo 2016-05-26 14:24:38 -0500 Report

If I have type 2 diabetes I get really really sick all the time.will I get approved there some times I have to stay laying down cause I.always get bad head ache.

GabbyPA 2013-01-24 11:34:21 -0600 Report

This is fantastic. Thank you for posting this Mays. Many members have asked about it and this is the best explanation I have seen on it.

MAYS 2013-01-25 05:20:48 -0600 Report

Gabby, in addition to this discussion on SSI and SSD benefits the following discussion should also be read:

The system is a very complex one that relies on a multitude of conditions for the illness, or disability that is being applied for, for example one cannot just say that "I have diabetes" withiut also stating that one has other complications associated with it, "Neuropathy, Hypertecsion, Heart Disease, stc." that is one of the reasons that most people are denied benefits, the complexities of the disease(s) make the case for the individual.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and if it can be helpful to others please pass it on!

southernchild 2013-01-23 12:04:22 -0600 Report

I tryed to get ssi once. I have more then one health problem but they told me — I was disabled but not to the point of needing ssi. :-(

jayabee52 2013-01-24 15:16:35 -0600 Report

I got SSI the first time, but I had to be on dialysis to get it. Not a wonderful trade off, to be sure!

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