Kidney Disease Linked to Increased Mortality for Diabetics

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Kidney disease is a major health concern for those who suffer from diabetes, and doctors are finding that avoiding this health risk may help reduce the risk of diabetes-related deaths.

Kidney Disease Raises Mortality Rates for Diabetics

Those who suffer from type 2 diabetes are often more prone to developing kidney disease as a related condition. A study conducted by Dr. Maryam Afkarian, kidney specialist at the University of Washington in Seattle, found that patients who suffered from both type 2 diabetes and kidney disease had a 10-year mortality rate of 31 percent compared to 12 percent for those who only suffered from type 2 diabetes. Meanwhile, patients with neither disability had an 8 percent mortality rate over a 10-year period.

Patients with Type 2 Diabetes May Have Increased Risk of Kidney Disease

Kidney disease is a disabling condition commonly associated with type 2 diabetes. Along with cardiovascular disease, these additional health risks can drastically increase the risk of death for those with type 2 diabetes.

Researchers conducted an evaluation of the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Of those surveyed who had type 2 diabetes, about 42 percent also suffered from kidney disease.

There are an estimated 26 million people in the United States who suffer from diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. While there is no current cure for the disease, many doctors work with their patients to minimize damage to body systems and organs, such as the kidneys, to improve quality of life. Doctors find that well-controlled blood sugar in diabetics can help reduce the risk of developing kidney disease or slow its progression.

Disabling Conditions: Diabetes and Kidney Disease

There are multiple health concerns associated with type 2 diabetes. Diabetics are often at higher risk for serious medical complications such as:

  • glaucoma;
  • neuropathy;
  • skin infections;
  • heart disease;
  • high blood pressure;
  • depression;
  • hearing loss;
  • gum disease; and
  • peripheral artery disease.

Diabetes, when combined with these related health conditions, may qualify patients for Social Security disability benefits if the conditions are severe enough to limit their ability to perform substantial gainful activity.

If you or a loved one becomes severely disabled from diabetes, kidney disease, or any other serious physical or mental illness, you have the right to seek benefits from the Social Security Administration. Social Security disability benefits may be available if your situation qualifies for financial assistance.

To learn more about your rights to compensation for your disabilities, talk to a Social Security disability representative at Disability Help Group to begin your claim. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.