Renal Disease and Disability

Renal disease, in addition to neuropathy and retinopathy, is one of the common complications that a person with diabetes may experience as a result of the disease. Renal disease, also known as kidney disease, ends in kidney failure.

Kidney disease is most commonly caused by diabetes in Americans for a variety of reasons. When the body digests proteins that we eat, the process creates waste products. Inside of the kidney are millions of tiny blood vessels that act as a huge filtering system. As the blood filters through them, the waste products are removed by the capillaries. Diabetes damages this system. The high levels of blood sugar associated with the disease make the kidneys filter too much blood which is a lot of extra work for the kidneys which causes them to start to leak. After years of being overworked, the capillaries will start to leak the useful things from the blood into the waste product. This releases protein into the urine which is called microalbuminuria.

If kidney disease is diagnosed early, there are a variety of treatments available to prevent kidney disease from getting worse. If it is not caught during microalbuminuria, end-stage renal disease, or ESRD, is typically what comes next.

End-stage renal disease, or kidney failure, is the last stage of the process and is very serious. There are two options for this. The person with kidney failure can undergo a kidney transplant, if possible, or will have to undergo dialysis. Dialysis allows the blood to be filtered by machine.

Contact an Indianapolis Social Security Lawyer

The majority of people who have end-stage renal disease are eligible for social security disability payments, with or without diabetes. If your claim has been denied, contact the Indianapolis social security lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at 317-634-8565 to discuss the appeals process.