Chronic Kidney Disorder, otherwise known as CKD, is growing in the United States both in incidence and prevalence. Incidence measures the number of new cases of a disease, while prevalence measures the total number of existing cases. The segment of the population for which both the incidence and prevalence is increasing the most is, perhaps not surprisingly, adults over 60 years of age. As the U.S. population continues to age, it is likely that CKD will be a problem for a larger number of people each year. This means that the number of people who may have an inability to work due to the disease is also likely to rise.
What is CKD? It is any particular condition that tends to dampen the function of the kidneys over time. Reduced kidney function can lead to many different health issues, and in severe cases can mean periodic dialysis will be needed, which is a process by which a person’s blood is filtered through a machine. This can obviously create situations in which a person with CKD is unable to hold a job.
So, what does the Social Security Administration require of a person who files an application for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income due to such a condition? The blue book tells us, that, like other disorders, the applicant will need to document symptoms and lab results for the disease. Things like creatinine and albumin levels in the blood may be an example of the presence of the disease, and the SSA asks that such evidence cover at least a 90-day period of time.
Further, the SSA will take into account other tests, such as the Estimated Glomeruler Filtration Rate, which helps measure how the kidney is functioning in its job of filtering the blood, as well as any kidney or bone biopsies that have been performed.