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Disability Living Allowance-Diabetes?

big_anth Avatar
7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
Hello All

just a quick question, im in my 20's and have recently been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, im just wondering, are you able to claim DLA ? if so could someone give me tips/hints i may need

thanks
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7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
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#1
Probably not, however check out [url]www.diabetesdaily.com[/url] I am a regular there
#3
Well.
I am diabetic and it doesn't "disable" me.
#4
Pluun
Well.
I am diabetic and it doesn't "disable" me.


Quite...I thought these allowances were for people that genuinely needed help to be cared for?
#5
how wrong you are mate. i used to work in a homeless hostel and a fair few used to claim this DLA. some off them certainly didnt need it. they were using it to buy drugs.
#6
Sound like the general misplaced idea that just having a condition allows you to claim every benefit going. DLA would be available to you if you can show that you fit the criteria to get the benefit. Otherwise "No".
Uness as some people suggest others are doing, You make a claim based on false information.
banned#7
bellabonkers
Quite...I thought these allowances were for people that genuinely needed help to be cared for?


I had a cold once. Would that be of use?
#8
guv
I had a cold once. Would that be of use?


oh dear you poor thing....you needed someone to hold the tissue for you?
banned#9
bellabonkers
oh dear you poor thing....you needed someone to hold the tissue for you?


Yes. And a taxi to the shops to buy some grapes.:p
1 Like #10
i understand people claim on false terms, however diabetes in some cases is very scary !

i was only after some information. no need to take the p***, i know it doesnt "disable" you but you have to purchase sugar free food which means spending more money and can be very demanding

hypos during the night are dangerous too, but until you experence such things you will never know !
banned#11
big_anth
i understand people claim on false terms, however diabetes in some cases is very scary !

i was only after some information. no need to take the p***, i know it doesnt "disable" you but you have to purchase sugar free food which means spending more money and can be very demanding

hypos during the night are dangerous too, but until you experence such things you will never know !


Sorry for poking fun, but if you look, you did answer your own question as highlighted above. My son gets Level 2 DLA because he is autistic, he'll quite possibly not be able to work. Whilst diabetes can be frustrating and not something you'd ever want, it can be controlled and you can carry on like any Joe in the street. That's not what this allowance is for!
#12
big_anth
i understand people claim on false terms, however diabetes in some cases is very scary !

i was only after some information. no need to take the p***, i know it doesnt "disable" you but you have to purchase sugar free food which means spending more money and can be very demanding

hypos during the night are dangerous too, but until you experence such things you will never know !


I was not having a go at you. Some conditions are variable and there may be very real instances where extra help is needed at certain times. I can contest to that. I dont know if this is a benefit that provides for things that cost extra. I think it is more needs based. I guess it would depend how you structured your case if you were to apply. Theres a lot of websites out there that might be able to help.
#13
guv;4401536
Sorry for poking fun, but if you look, you did answer your own question as highlighted above. My son gets Level 2 DLA because he is autistic, he'll quite possibly not be able to work. Whilst diabetes can be frustrating and not something you'd ever want, it can be controlled and you can carry on like any Joe in the street. That's not what this allowance is for!

a nice simple answer, all i was looking for :)

i only asked as i have heard that people do get DLA (over 16, i know under 16's get it as they need more care)
#14
big_anth
i understand people claim on false terms, however diabetes in some cases is very scary !

i was only after some information. no need to take the p***, i know it doesnt "disable" you but you have to purchase sugar free food which means spending more money and can be very demanding

hypos during the night are dangerous too, but until you experence such things you will never know !


There are people out there with far FAR worse things wrong with them than diabetes. Diabetes is on the whole a controllable condition. Sugar free foods are no more expensive than sugary foods. Both my parents have dibetes....my mum also has many other very disabling and nasty things wrong with her...yet she can care for herself most of the time....oh any hypos??????? let me tell you my poor mother has been in hospital 3 times already this year she was even taking fits at one point....I havent seen her get dressed for 10days now. yet in reality she is not ill enough to claim....LEGITIMATLY CLAIM anything Grow up..get a grip and snap out of it and get on with your life!!!!!
1 Like #15
[QUOTE=big_anth]i understand people claim on false terms, however diabetes in some cases is very scary !

i was only after some information. no need to take the p***, i know it doesnt "disable" you but you have to purchase sugar free food which means spending more money and can be very demanding

hypos during the night are dangerous too, but until you experence such things you will never know ![/QUOTE]


you are assuming I dont know..... I know very well thank you!
#16
bellabonkers;4401580
There are people out there with far FAR worse things wrong with them than diabetes. Diabetes is on the whole a controllable condition. Sugar free foods are no more expensive than sugary foods. Both my parents have dibetes....my mum also has many other very disabling and nasty things wrong with her...yet she can care for herself most of the time....oh any hypos??????? let me tell you my poor mother has been in hospital 3 times already this year she was even taking fits at one point....I havent seen her get dressed for 10days now. yet in reality she is not ill enough to claim....LEGITIMATLY CLAIM anything Grow up..get a grip and snap out of it and get on with your life!!!!!


wow calm down, i was just asking for infomation, if ur mother is bad maybes its time to put a claim form in, we all pay our taxes (well most people) so put them to good uses !

i am getting on with my life thank you very much but as a recently diagnosed diabetic i find it extreamly hard !
#17
No dont think you can get DLA for diabetes. DLA has two components - mobilty and care, I doubt diabetes would affect either of these 2 elements for you
[Moderator] 1 Like #18
My lift-share has type 1 diabetes, he also has one leg.... sometimes he uses a wheel chair. Despite this, he also works full-time and earns good money.
As far as benefits goes, he does get a car through the Motability scheme...but thats probably more to do with having one leg.
[Moderator]#19
starsparkle2311
sorry if I rattle a few cages, but i know a few peeps who have sat on their butts claiming dole for years, stuffing their faces in the vain hope if they get diabetes they can get income support, sad but true!!! They haven't succeeded, (income support wise)but give it a few years and they can claim full state pension, sad, but true:w00t:

Totally agree with you mate :thumbsup:
suspended#20
type 1 and type 2 are different things type 1 has nothing to do with "stuffing your face" .
#21
I can't even believe someone asked the question to be honest. But I guess that is the world we live in.
#22
OP, maybe when you go blind and are on dialyses you may get something ;-)
#23
DLA is paid out on what you can and can't do for the last 3 months and expected for long term future it doesn't go on condition so it would depend how it affects you with caring for yourself and mobility,
you can recieve this working or not working and DLA is what pays for the motability car you can receive the mobility element in money or use it to pay for the car
#24
Even though costs may go up slightly, that sort of thing isn't covered by DLA. My son recieves it and DLA is paid out in accordance with how much care you need to live a 'normal' life, and whether or not you have any problems that mean you can't get around normally.

Whilst being diabetic might mean slightly higher costs, they would decline an application for DLA based on the fact that you can do simple things like feed and dress yourself.
#25
bellabonkers
There are people out there with far FAR worse things wrong with them than diabetes. Diabetes is on the whole a controllable condition. Sugar free foods are no more expensive than sugary foods. Both my parents have dibetes....my mum also has many other very disabling and nasty things wrong with her...yet she can care for herself most of the time....oh any hypos??????? let me tell you my poor mother has been in hospital 3 times already this year she was even taking fits at one point....I havent seen her get dressed for 10days now. yet in reality she is not ill enough to claim....LEGITIMATLY CLAIM anything Grow up..get a grip and snap out of it and get on with your life!!!!!


Bit steep i agree. As a diabetic of 24 years I know how I felt when I was told that I would be injecting myself for the rest of my life - it was the end of the world as I knew it and I was scared to bits!!
But 24 years later I've learned to live with it and the complications that go with it, and to make matters worse, this week I was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, so I'm back to having to cope with a new illness and all that goes with it.
Please go easy on this person, as they are only asking questions that they don't know the answer to, and if there had been told benefit was available, then why not apply, as trust me if there was I'd now be looking for 24 years back pay :thumbsup:
#26
Only thing you get is a free prescription and free eye tests, I reckon I might be diabetic, but I have avoided being diagnosed.
#27
There is a genetic condition that will allow you to be supported for life. It allows for cooks, accommodation, travel, servants and many other extras. Unfortunately very few will fit the category to get these benefits. You must be closely geneticly related to the Royal family.

Nobody knows the exact details of the OPs situation other than the OP.
#28
Humphman
Bit steep i agree. As a diabetic of 24 years I know how I felt when I was told that I would be injecting myself for the rest of my life - it was the end of the world as I knew it and I was scared to bits!!
But 24 years later I've learned to live with it and the complications that go with it, and to make matters worse, this week I was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, so I'm back to having to cope with a new illness and all that goes with it.
Please go easy on this person, as they are only asking questions that they don't know the answer to, and if there had been told benefit was available, then why not apply, as trust me if there was I'd now be looking for 24 years back pay :thumbsup:


XxxHugzxxX I have just looked up what this is, ah man, autoimune diseases suck. I have just been diagnosed with hashimotos disease, which is another autoimune disease. I currently have people making me feel like mine is the end of the world because I am on meds for life, so I am ignoring those people now.

It's when people sit back and give up that it's a bad thing. Meds can control so many things. To be honest, i hadn't even thought about claiming anything for mine, i know I can't anyways, it's an illness I have, it doesn't have me.

DLA is for people who can't lead a normal life, wether it is a mental or physical problem, i worked with people who genuinly needed it, and all of them kept on getting tested to make sure they were making true claims, it's sad that the benefits agency have to do that, but with the amount of fraudulent cases around you dont know who is genuine.
[Moderator]#29
big_anth
wow calm down, i was just asking for infomation, if ur mother is bad maybes its time to put a claim form in, we all pay our taxes (well most people) so put them to good uses !

i am getting on with my life thank you very much but as a recently diagnosed diabetic i find it extreamly hard !


My advice would be, theres lots of people who suffer from health issues like diabities/disability/mental disorders. It doesn't stop them leading a normal life. Afterall what is normal nowadays? I look around my workplace at lunchtime and many diabetic colleagues are injecting...its no big deal to anyone. Your only in your 20's , so don't let it stop you living your life.
#30
Humphman
Bit steep i agree. As a diabetic of 24 years I know how I felt when I was told that I would be injecting myself for the rest of my life - it was the end of the world as I knew it and I was scared to bits!!
But 24 years later I've learned to live with it and the complications that go with it, and to make matters worse, this week I was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, so I'm back to having to cope with a new illness and all that goes with it.
Please go easy on this person, as they are only asking questions that they don't know the answer to, and if there had been told benefit was available, then why not apply, as trust me if there was I'd now be looking for 24 years back pay :thumbsup:


go easy on them????? ............I might have had they asked for sympathy but to want something for nothing??? you need one of those grip things as well!
#31
I am astounded at the ignorance of diabetes on this forum. Diabetes is so severe that it is covered under the Disability Discrimination Act. Many people who have diabetes do in fact draw disability allowances from the government due to potential debilitating symptoms.

My daughter developed diabetes at the age of 18, which was so debilitating for her that she lost two jobs in six months, hospitalised more times then I can remember, which is due to the fact she can not control her blood sugars.

Our local hospital in Leicester that specializes in diabetes has been trying for years to stabilize her, but have been unsuccessful, and at the moment she is using a insulin that is on trial.

Our daughter has so many hypos each month, it has become a nightmare for the whole family as we have to be ready to act This means that we have to have a family rota where one person will not drink, so as to get her to hospital. Our daughter has been arrested numerous times for being drunk and disorderly when in fact she is having a hypo, indeed one time the police left her in the cells for the night that resulted in our daughter going on a 999 trip to hospital as she was going into a coma.

Diabetics usually get diabetes through the immune system turning on its self which causes Auto-immune diseases, that can then go onto cause other illness.

Diabetics suffer from other related illness such as blindness, heart problems, amputations and organ failures.

Diabetics can also suffer from extreme tiredness, loss of short term memory, low immune system and mood swings that can be very severe.

Now I am not claiming that all diabetics have all these symptoms, but rather that they can, and if they do, it is debilitating for them, and as such they can claim allowancesnmif they meet the DDA criteria.
#32
Have you tried ringing the DLA dept they will tell you if your able to claim they are helpful to me whenever i have to fill in new forms
#33
Best thing you can do is fill in the paperwork and see. Just make sure you're truthful though, as they will check, double check and make sure you are not 'blagging it' To be honest, I don't think it would count. my daughter was born with a condition called Long Gap Oesophageal Atresia, and we had to apply several time before we got anywhere, and as soon as she started feeding and becoming 'less dependant' I cancelled the claim.
#34
Foxy102
Best thing you can do is fill in the paperwork and see. Just make sure you're truthful though, as they will check, double check and make sure you are not 'blagging it' To be honest, I don't think it would count. my daughter was born with a condition called Long Gap Oesophageal Atresia, and we had to apply several time before we got anywhere, and as soon as she started feeding and becoming 'less dependant' I cancelled the claim.




This is very true, always tell the truth on the forms, every so often my OH has to go for an interview with a medical body to make sure he is as disabled as the forms i fill in say he is always find it amusing when we get there, the poor person we have to see gets confused with all the different things that are wrong lol
#35
Also be aware there are lots of people that apply for benefits that have claim rejected initially. If you persevere and are prepared to go through the appeals process this sometimes has a different outcome. If you are someone who is genuine hopefully it will all work for you in the end.

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