Are you or someone you know navigating the challenges of diabetes and curious about Social Security Disability benefits? Today, we’ll go over the intricacies of securing disability benefits for diabetes. Discover the essential details, including how diabetic retinopathy, neuropathy, and nephropathy play a pivotal role in the evaluation process. Gain insights into the functional limitations that matter most. For a comprehensive guide on unlocking the SSD benefits you deserve, watch this short video.


Diabetes is now considered under listing 9.0 for endocrine disorders. What’s important to note is that Social Security does not differentiate between type one or type two diabetes. Instead, they focus on the overall impact the condition has on your body, organs, or systems. The key lies in understanding that benefits are determined by the functional limitations caused by diabetes.

Previously, there used to be a specific listing for diabetic neuropathy, diabetic retinopathy, or diabetic nephropathy. Although these listings have been removed, the principles still apply. Let’s break down these aspects:

  • Diabetic retinopathy occurs when diabetes affects your vision. To be eligible for benefits, the impact on your vision must be severe enough to hinder your ability to work. Social Security considers medical records and professional assessments to gauge the severity.
  • Diabetic neuropathy involves numbness, tingling, pain, or limitations in your hands, legs, feet, or arms. The evaluation revolves around your capacity to stand, sit, and lift based on medical records and test results. The duration and intensity of these symptoms play a crucial role in determining eligibility.
  • Diabetic nephropathy is associated with kidney damage. Social Security refers to the kidney listing to assess whether the damage is severe enough to warrant disability benefits. It’s not about diabetes itself; rather, it’s about the consequential impact on your body.

Understanding the intricacies of these evaluations is crucial when seeking Social Security disability benefits for diabetes. If you find yourself in need of assistance or have questions, feel free to reach out to our SSDI attorneys for guidance.