Is diabetes a disability? Many people have questions about diabetes and disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) does not consider diabetes as a disability if it is well-controlled and has not caused any damage to any organs. When evaluating the claims, the SSA looks at what affects the disease has on the person’s health. A more detailed description of SSA requirements can be found at, however, (in short) the SSA evaluates the following:

  • If the diabetes is not being controlled, but the person is not following prescribed treatment the person will not be considered for diabetes disability.
  • In children who take insulin, diabetes is considered disabling if the child has had recent recurrent hospitalization with acidosis or episodes of hypoglycemia. As long as prescribed treatment is being followed they may consider this diabetes a disability.
  • Children with diabetes may also be found disabled and receive disability for diabetes,and