It seems that an epidemic of type 2 diabetes affects millions of people across the country, including many people here in New Jersey. If you are among those individuals, you may also suffer from serious complications. Those complications can affect your ability to function in your day-to-day life, including your ability to work.
If you are among those whose diabetes is not under adequate control, your risk of diabetes-related complications increases. While some issues may be more of an inconvenience, some can make your life quite a challenge. Suffering from any of them may mean that you need permanent disability benefits whether they come from the Social Security Administration, your employer’s permanent disability program or from one that you purchased yourself.
Complications involving your vision
It can be frightening to believe that you could lose your vision because your blood sugar is too high, but sadly, it is a possibility. You could suffer from cataracts, glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy — the small blood vessels in your eyes suffer damage. Left untreated, any of these vision problems could lead to blindness.
Complications involving your nerves
One of the most prevalent issues for diabetics is nerve damage. Estimates indicate that up to 70 percent of people with high blood sugar suffer from some sort of damage to their nerves, including the following:
- Autonomic neuropathy: This occurs when the nerves controlling your internal organs suffer damage. For instance, this type of nerve damage could make it difficult for you to recognize when your blood sugar has dropped. In addition, you could experience one or more of the following with this condition:
- Gastroparesis or digestive issues
- Sexual problems
- Bladder control problems
- Peripheral diabetic neuropathy: Pain, loss of feeling and burning of the feet represent the majority of symptoms associated with this condition. However, you could also suffer similar nerve damage elsewhere in your body such as in your hands. If you begin to have such issues with your toes, you could be developing this type of nerve damage.
As you might imagine, it would be difficult to walk if you can’t feel your feet. You could end up hurting them and not even know it, which could lead to a dangerous infection. Options may be available to help with these conditions, but there may be no going back if the damage progresses beyond the ability of treatments to help.
Complications involving your blood vessels or heart
Damage to your blood vessels and nerves can cause amputation of the toes and feet to be necessary. Even though this is rare, it remains a possibility. As for your heart, damage to the heart can cause heart attacks and strokes.
Complications involving your kidneys
Kidney problems can be especially concerning because by the time you notice something is wrong, it may be too late. The most often cited cause of kidney failure here in the United States is diabetes. Medications may help if your doctor diagnoses the condition early enough.
Complications involving your ability to work
Any of these complications could seriously inhibit your ability to work. This is when you turn to the permanent disability insurance you paid into for so long during your employment or look to the Social Security Administration for disability benefits. Unfortunately, regardless of what type of permanent disability insurance claim you submit, you could encounter roadblocks to receiving the benefits you need.
You have enough on your plate without adding in the stress of the application process, potential denials and delays. It may be in your best interest to contact an attorney with years of experience in handling these types of claims for individuals in similar situations.