Chapter 15 - Endocrine System
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15.01 - Diabetes
Factors to be considered in assessing the degree of disability include:
- the presence of a diagnosis of clinical diabetes:
- the necessity of dietary control;
- the need of medication;
- the response to diet and medication;
- the effective condition on physical activity and energy level;
- the frequency and severity of untoward developments such as hypoglycemic reactions;
- minor complications such as pruritus, transient skin affections, and mild diabetic neuropathy which can be assessed with adjudication;
- major complications including all arteriosclerotic, renal and ocular disabilities may require adjudication on application to establish the degree of relationship.
- the prognosis.
15.02 - Assessments
Diabetes shall be assessed in accordance with the Table to Article 15.02.
|Table to Article 15.02|
|Grade 1||Minimal - controlled by diet alone||up to 10%|
|Grade 2||Mild - controlled by diet and oral||10% to 20%|
|Grade 3||Moderate - less easily controlled by diet and medication (parenteral or oral) - mild complications||20% to 40%|
|(a)||Poor control with complication accepted as an intrinsic part of the disability from diabetes; significant limitation of activities and employability||40% to 60% rarely more than 60%|
|(b)||As above with complications which may require separate adjudication on application. The complications are assessed on their individual merits.|
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