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Study shows diabetes is more life threatening than we think

As many people would agree, living with diabetes can be a challenge. Whether you have type I or type II diabetes, days are spent constantly checking your blood sugar and making adjustments to your insulin levels to make sure you are within the right range. If you don't keep up on the disease, it can lead to serious health conditions like nerve damage and even blindness.

The fact that diabetes can persist throughout a person's life and the fact that it can lead to other debilitating conditions are both good enough reasons to apply for disability benefits. But a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that there may be another reason to apply for disability benefits: diabetes can decrease your life expectancy as well.

According to the study, men with type I diabetes lost an average of 11 years while women lost an average of 13 years. In a majority of cases, the main cause of lost years was due to heart problems associated with the disease, likely caused by poor management of it in younger years.

This study is significant because it shows just how challenging day-to-day life can be for people living with the disease. Not only do people have to worry about the possible damage that excessive glucose can cause their body, they also have to worry about how other health conditions will affect their lives down the road. Will their symptoms be manageable with medication and constant monitoring or will symptoms become so disabling that they become unable to work?

With the help of this study, SSDI applicants may be able to better prove their need for disability benefits. It's important to point out though that just citing this study will not be enough to convince the Social Security Administration that the applicant is disabled and in need of financial assistance. Medical records and other important information will still need to be presented to support a claim.

Sources: Philly.com, "Type 1 Diabetes Linked to Lower Life Expectancy in Study," Dennis Thompson, Jan. 7, 2015

WebMD, "The Risks and Complications of Uncontrolled Diabetes," Accessed Jan. 7, 2015

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