Diabetes is a disease that affects millions and millions of people in America. It is estimated that there are 20.8 million children and adults in the United States, or 7% of the worlds population, who have diabetes. Of this number, 14.6 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes; however, 6.2 million people (nearly one-third) do not know that they have the disease.
Diabetes is really a set of related diseases in which your body cannot regulate the amount of sugar (glucose) in your blood. Glucose in your blood is what gives you the energy to do the physical activities of daily life. The glucose level in your blood is regulated by several hormones, one of which is insulin. People with diabetes either cannot produce enough insulin or cannot use insulin properly, or both.
There are different types of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is what most Americans are diagnosed with. It is a type of diabetes is which your body fails to properly use the insulin that is produced by your body. Type 1 diabetes is when your body fails to produce insulin.
Diabetic hyperosmolar syndrome is a serious condition that happens most often in older adults. It is a complication of either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. However, it occurs most often in people with type 2 diabetes.
Diabetic hyperosmolar syndrome is when your blood sugar level is over 600 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), or 33 millimoles per liter (mmol/L). At this level your blood becomes thick and syrupy. Excess sugar goes from your blood into your urine. This starts a filtering process that draws huge amounts of fluid out of your body.
Diabetic hyperosmolar syndrome can take days or even weeks to develop. There are several possible signs and symptoms that may be an indication of it occurring. These include:
High blood sugar level
Warm, dry skin without sweating
Weakness on one side of your body
You or a loved one may have had diabetic hyperosmolar syndrome. Complications resulting from this condition may have caused you or your loved one to be disabled.
You or your loved one may need assistance if this is the case. You may need financial help.
You or your loved one may have decided to apply for the financial assistance that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by complications resulting from diabetic hyperosmolar syndrome. Have you or your loved one already applied and been turned down by the Social Security Administration?
If you or your loved one intends to reapply or appeal the denial, here is something important that you need to seriously consider. People who are represented by a disability attorney like the one you will find at Social Security Home are approved more often than people who do not have a disability lawyer in their corner.