Diabetes DM2 DMII
Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 High Blood Sugar Adult Onset Diabetes Vietnam Veteran Boots On The Ground
If you are a Vietnam veteran diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes (DMII or
Adult Onset Diabetes) or if you are not a Vietnam veteran but have had
your diagnosis rated as service connected for other reasons, you should
know that many other conditions may be caused by or contributed to by
the diabetes condition.
It is widely accepted in health care that diabetes causes and
contributes to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and that may
cause heart attack, stroke, blindness, impotence, kidney disease,
conditions of the peripheral nerves or a host of other serious problems.
In most cases, the diabetes must be diagnosed first before other
conditions will be rated as secondary to the diabetes. For example, a
veteran may have a heart attack at age 45 and then at age 55 be
diagnosed with diabetes. In that event, the heart condition is not
likely to ever be considered as associated to the diabetes condition.
If you've been awarded a service connected rating for diabetes, it may
be well worth your time to file for any and all conditions that may be
secondary to the diabetes.
Conditions that are
commonly secondary to diabetes are often related to the vascular system.
Your vascular system consists of the veins and arteries that transport
blood to and from the heart and lungs.
Diabetes is hard on the arteries in your body. Diabetes may cause or
aggravate atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and cause those
blood vessels to become narrow.
When that happens the blood vessels
can't carry as much fresh blood to the organs or limbs that they
normally would be able to.
Diabetes is the underlying cause of many other conditions. Consider filing a claim for all secondary conditions.
To successfully file a claim for diabetes
requires a firm diagnosis. If you are a Vietnam veteran, the VA allows
file for diabetes and the condition is automatically assumed to
be related to exposure to agent orange.
If you are a veteran without "boots on the ground" Vietnam service you
must have a diagnosis of your condition while on active duty, a
diagnosis within one year of ETS or some other nexus that would provide
evidence of why the condition is
related to your military service
Once you have the confirmation that you
do have diabetes you should first consider your treatment plan.
Following the orders
of your doctor is your first priority. The VA
health system is usually very aggressive when treating diabetes.
Once you understand that you must treat the condition, you should begin to file your claim.
When filing a VA disability compensation claim for diabetes you'll follow the general rules that apply to filing all claims.
With the diabetes claim, it's important to specifically name the condition you believe may be secondary to the diabetes.
Adult onset diabetes is "Diabetes Mellitus Type 2". This is
abbreviated as DMII. Be careful using abbreviations when writing your
claim. It may be best to spell it out clearly.
important that you are specific in your claims for secondary
conditions. In your claim statement be sure to spell it out. Your
statement might include terms like:
I am filing a claim for Diabetes Mellitus Type 2. I am a Vietnam veteran.
I am also claiming that the following conditions are secondary to my
service connected Diabetes Mellitus type 2.
The following conditions
have been directly caused and/or aggravated by the service connected
Diabetes Mellitus Type 2.
* Ischemic Heart Disease
* Carotid Artery Disease
* Erectile Dysfunction
And so on.
Read up on diabetes and learn how to take care of yourself.
100% Requiring more than one daily injection of insulin, restricted
diet, and regulation of activities (avoidance of strenuous occupational
and recreational activities) with episodes of ketoacidosis or
hypoglycemic reactions requiring at least three hospitalizations per
year or weekly visits to a diabetic care provider, plus either
progressive loss of weight and strength or complications that would be
compensable if separately evaluated...100%
60% Requiring insulin, restricted diet, and regulation of activities
with episodes of ketoacidosis or hypoglycemic reactions requiring one
or two hospitalizations per year or twice a month visits to a diabetic
care provider, plus complications that would not be compensable if
40% Requiring insulin, restricted diet, and regulation of activities...40%
20% Requiring insulin and restricted diet, or; oral hypoglycemic agent and restricted diet...20%