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Monday, June 2, 2014

Diabetes Mellitus

Effective today, June 2, 2014, Social Security issued a new ruling on Diabetes, Social Security Ruling (SSR) 14-2p.  The ruling applies to adult and children’s applications.

Social Security Rulings (SSR) can be found at or, by an Internet search for a specific ruling.

Diabetes is not a “listed” impairment, but the new ruling discusses how, “the effects of DM, either alone or in combination with another impairment(s), may meet or medically equal the criteria of a listing in an affected body system(s).” [Footnote omitted.]

The ruling lists the following complications:

  • Amputation of an extremity, under the musculoskeletal system listings (1.00).
  • Diabetic retinopathy, under the special senses and speech listings (2.00).
  • Hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, and heart failure, under the cardiovascular system listings (4.00).
  • Gastroparesis and ischemic bowel disease (intestinal necrosis), under the digestive system listings (5.00).
  • Diabetic nephropathy, under the genitourinary impairments listings (6.00).
  • Slow-healing bacterial and fungal infections, under the skin disorders listings (8.00).
  • Diabetic neuropathy, under the neurological listings (11.00).
  • Cognitive impairments, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, under the mental disorders listings (12.00).

The ruling notes that, “[t]he combined effects of DM and another impairment(s) can be greater than the effects of each of the impairments considered separately” for purposes of determining an applicant’s residual functional capacity.


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