Across New Jersey, October was filled with everything pink imaginable in support of breast cancer awareness month. November is National Diabetes Month; however, since it was only proclaimed as such last year, there is less awareness than there is with October as National Breast Awareness Cancer Month.
However, diabetes can be just as debilitating an illness as cancer because uncontrolled diabetes can lead to nerve damage, renal failure, amputations and ultimately death. The World Health Organization estimates that there could be as many as 350 million people around the globe suffering with diabetes. Nationally, including in New Jersey, there is an estimated 25 million individuals struggling with diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is most frequently the type that can become uncontrolled and lead to serious complications. Type 2 diabetes occurs when an individual’s body is unable to use insulin produced by the body in an effective manner. It is estimated that 3.5 million individuals die every year from diabetes-related complications.
In some instances uncontrolled diabetes can render individuals in Newark or elsewhere in New Jersey, unable to continue working and earning an income. In these instances, individuals may need to file for Social Security Disability benefits to provide for themselves.
However, a diagnosis of diabetes is not enough to be approved for such benefits. An individual suffering with diabetes that is unable to work must have specific proof of nerve damage, an amputation because of nerve damage, complications from high blood pressure, vision imparity, or kidney failure requiring dialysis or transplant.
In instances where an individual is suffering with any of those extenuating conditions due to uncontrolled diabetes, it is still imperative to present very specific medical documentation when filing a claim to avoid being denied. An experience attorney can assist an individual with this process to aid an individual in their pursuit of receiving benefits in a timely manner.
Source: Philadelphia News, “Health Officials Raise Diabetes Awareness in November,” Charlene Porter, Nov. 26, 2012
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