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Diabetes can make physical labor a challenge

On Behalf of | Mar 12, 2020 | SSDI

Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can provide obstacles for many workers. As the condition is an endocrine disorder, controlling it can take significant time, effort and resources. Sometimes, managing diabetes can feel like a full-time job. Because of this, the condition can make working more difficult, especially in occupations where intense manual labor is required.

Common symptoms of diabetes

Whether a person was born with it or got it later in life, both types share similar traits that can inhibit daily activities. Some of those include blurred vision, fatigue, slow-healing sores and frequent infections.

Diabetes can cause occupational difficulties
While there are still ways to manage the condition, diabetes can still make performing tasks more difficult. Here’s how diabetes can hinder a person’s ability to work:

  • Tingling and numbness felt from neuropathy can make it challenging to pick up and move objects.
  • Limited or blurred vision can make it dangerous to operate machinery.
  • Frequent exhaustion can make it difficult for workers with diabetes to be productive, as they may have to take regular breaks.

Diabetes can cause adversity for some

No matter the type, diabetes can cause great hardship for those who have the condition. As people with the condition age, it can be much more challenging to maintain while still holding down a full-time job. But with the right support, workers with diabetes can take the time they need to tend to their ailments. If a person’s diabetes shows no signs of healing soon, they may want to look at obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).