Posted by David F. Chermol on 12/22/2020

The Dangers of Diabetes

The Dangers of Diabetes

There are hundreds of illnesses and injuries endured by those living during the twenty-first century. Studies show that although life expectancy in the United States have improved dramatically over the past century, Americans live shorter lives and experience more injuries and illnesses than people in other countries. Many diseases can be controlled with medical intervention and treatment, but some are beyond the help of current medical science. These diseases have a significantly adverse impact on the lives of those who suffer from them. One such disease is diabetes!

Diabetes are classified into two types, Types I and II. Diabetes alone may not be life-threatening or impose direct limitations on someone's lifestyle; however, the secondary effects of diabetes on the body’s internal systems, when not properly managed, can have severely detrimental impacts on a person’s quality of life and ability to earn a living.

The Risks of Diabetes

When one hears of diabetes, they tend to think of high blood sugar. Diabetes limits the endocrine system’s ability to regulate insulin and blood sugar. If left unchecked for too long, high blood sugar can certainly lead to and/or be an indicator of diabetes, but diabetes is much more than a blood sugar disorder. It can harm many other body systems. The impact of diabetes on the body will vary from person to person depending on their medical history, treatment, and overall health. Some common symptoms related to diabetes are:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Lack of energy or fatigue
  • Risk of heart disease
  • Gastroparesis
  • Excessive urination 
  • Numbing or tingling of the arms and legs (neuropathy)
  • Blood vessel damage, causing strokes or retinopathy (poor eyesight)
  • Derma (skin) issues
  • Ketoacidosis
  • Foot problems 


There are treatments and other medical options available for people suffering from either type of diabetes, I or II, but brittle diabetes (also known as labile diabetes) is a medical term applicable to severe cases of diabetes that are difficult to manage. It is not a separate type of diabetes. Rather it is most often associated with Type I diabetes and is characterized by extreme and difficult to control fluctuations in blood sugar, which can significantly limit one's quality of life and may lead to frequent hospitalizations. As a result, brittle diabetes may by disabling. An increasing number of people are applying for benefits of Disability for Diabetes today due to worsening health conditions that lead to unemployment and dependency.

Changes in your life that you can expect after being diagnosed with diabetes-

People with diabetes are more susceptible to illness. The body’s inability to properly regulate or produce insulin can deteriorate one's immune system functionality. Some diabetes related health problems, like blood vessel damage and reduced blood flow to the extremities, can also make people more vulnerable to infections.

A medical professional may recommend a combination of interventions to improve health outcomes for those suffering from diabetes. While Type I diabetes is an autoimmune disease not caused by diet or lifestyle, some of the following recommendations are applicable to controlling both types of diabetes regardless of their cause.

  • An improved diet plan, such as reducing junk food and sugar intake.
  • Seeking the guidance of a health professional.
  • Seeking help and support from family members.
  • Increasing water intake.
  • Regular cardiovascular exercise, such as running or a brisk walk.
  • Monitoring blood sugar levels at regular intervals.
  • Seeking medical help as soon as additional adverse symptoms present.


Diabetes is a condition that will continue to fluctuate over time. As a result, regular medical check-ups and therapies might be suggested by your doctor to regularly monitor and control your condition. 

If your situation is severe or you are experiencing disability due to diabetes, consult Disability Lawyers in Philadelphia at Chermol & Fishman, LLC. They are known for offering excellent legal counsel for disability claims such as diabetes, depression, and many others. These reputable lawyers can make life easier for you!

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