Diabetes awareness has risen in the U.S. due to the increase in the diagnosis of the disease. According to the CDC, one out of every 10 Americans suffers from diabetes, and a quarter of these people do not even know they have it. Only 5 percent of cases are Type 1, with the rest being Type 2.
Regardless of which type you have, the havoc the disease wreaks on your body can be severe. Too much sugar in the bloodstream leads to all kinds of internal damage:
- Kidneys are likely to fail and require dialysis.
- Eyes can lose sight and develop cataracts and glaucoma.
- The digestive system slows down.
- Nerves suffer damage that alters the perception of temperature and pain.
- Blood vessels constrict, especially in the lower extremities.
- The heart has to work harder.
- Skin becomes dry and cracked.
Also, poor circulation and nerve damage can result in the need for amputation of toes, feet and lower legs due to infection. Diabetes also comes with a greater risk of stroke, high blood pressure and losing consciousness. You may also experience much fatigue and the frequent need to empty your bladder.
With so many effects on your body, the situation can get severe enough that you are unable to work. If this happens, you do not have to put your health further at risk by pushing through to earn an income. You have the option of receiving Social Security benefits.
SSDI and SSI
Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for either Social Security Disability Insurance or for Supplementary Security Income. With either, you receive financial assistance to help you live when your physical health does not allow you work at all. They cover not only those who sustain injuries but also those who have medical conditions, such as diabetes. If your diabetes has made working impossible, then consider applying for Social Security benefits so you can focus on your health.