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Diabetes

Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes Mellitus is a group of metabolic disorders characterized by chronic hyperglycemia from insulin deficiency or resistance, or both. 

Diabetes is usually irreversible and, although a reasonable life style can be enjoyed, the late complications result in reduced life expectancy. 

Macrovascular disease leads to an increased prevalence of coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease and stroke.

Favorable scenario:

  • Diagnosed at > age 60 n A1C levels under 7.0
  • Duration of disease <15 years
  • No diabetic complications such as neuropathy, nephropathy, retinopathy, proteinuria
  • Good kidney functions

Helpful terms: 

  • Hemoglobin A1C: a form of hemoglobin found in the blood which is primarily used to identify the average blood glucose concentration over prolonged periods of time, typically from 4 weeks to 3 months.
  • Neuropathy: Damage to the small blood vessels that supply all nerves causing numbness and tingling in the extremities, abnormal sensations and muscle weakness.
  • Nephropathy: A progressive kidney disease caused by damage to the capillaries due to longstanding uncontrolled diabetes.
  • Retinopathy: Damage to the retina in the eye from microvascular changes which can cause blurry vision and, in extreme cases, blindness.
  • Proteinuria: The presence of excess levels of protein in the urine due to damage to the kidneys.

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This is not an application for insurance and in no way guarantees a specific underwriting class or binds any insurance coverage with any insurance carrier.  This form is used exclusively to gather specific information on a proposed insured’s medical history and other factors that may impact underwriting and rating classification. Information contained herein is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice.