Monday morning I was listening to NPR and a report they had on Type I diabetes, and I was shocked to learn that nearly half of all children who develop Type 1 diabetes don’t know they have the disease until they end up in a coma in the hospital. Fortunately, new tests are helping doctors and parents discover that a child has Type I Diabetes earlier so treatment can begin before any symptoms ever arise.
Diabetes mellitus is a medical problem in which a person’s pancreas cannot produce adequate insulin to move glucose from the blood to the cells of the body. Glucose is vital to your body’s health because it is an important source of energy for the cells which make up your muscles and tissues. Having diabetes (either type) means that you have too much glucose in your blood, which leads to a buildup in the blood which can lead to serious medical problems. There are several types of diabetes:
Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin; insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.
In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can lead to diabetes complications.
Gestational: During pregnancy-generally around the 24th week-many women develop gestational diabetes. A diagnosis of gestational diabetes does not mean you had diabetes before you became pregnant, or that you will have it after delivery, but it is important to see your physician and follow their advice.
If you suffer from diabetes, but it is difficult for personal to be approved on their diagnosis of diabetes alone as medical treatment often allows a person to have a health and productive life, but diabetes is often a factor, taken into consideration along with other medical problems you may be suffering from, in preventing persons from engaging in their past relevant work or other jobs available.
If you suffer from diabetes and believe it is preventing you, either in and of itself or in combination with some other medical/mental problem, from working, we would be happy to speak with you about your claim. If you have questions about your right to disability benefits, don’t hesitate to contact and speak with one of the experienced Alabama Disability Attorneys at Powell and Denny today.
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