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Can I get life insurance if I am diabetic?

Concerned you can't get life insurance because you have diabetes or are overweight? You don't have to be worried about whether or not you can protect your family.

These medical conditions don't have to prevent you from finding effective coverage. Life insurance for diabetics does exist. Though health may be a factor in some policy details, the bottom line is you can get life insurance even if you've been diagnosed with diabetes.

Why would diabetes affect insurance?

People with chronic illnesses, like diabetes, are often concerned that their disease will stop them from getting life insurance. Why? Because these health issues can increase risk for the provider. And while that's true, it doesn’t mean getting life insurance is impossible.

Around 6 in 10 Americans have a chronic disease. If chronic illness = disqualification, then 60% of people would be without life insurance. Luckily, that’s not the case.

CDC statistics show more than 30 million people have diabetes. That’s nearly 10% percent of the population. Yet many of these people are able to find life insurance.

Is life insurance available to me?

If you've been turned down before because of Type 1, Type 2 or gestational diabetes, don’t be discouraged. In many cases, finding coverage comes down to working with the right life insurance companies for diabetics.

Even if your diabetes is under control, some providers may have strict standards that you don’t meet. Others have better options that may be just what you’re looking for.

Are medical exams always required?

When doing your research, consider looking for companies that require minimal health information. You may assume medical exams are required by every provider. Not true.

You can get life insurance without having to take test after test after test. Exam results and insurance approval doesn’t have to be tied together.

Some providers may only ask that you complete a small set of health-related questions. Even if you have diabetes or are overweight, a few questions are all you have to answer to protect your family.

Consider Guaranteed Acceptance Whole Life

Another thing to think about is Guaranteed Acceptance Whole Life from TruStage. You cannot be turned down for such a policy because of health-related reasons.

That's right: There's exactly zero worry about whether you can or cannot get coverage as a diabetic.

There are no medical exams or health questions required. Even though you might have a chronic illness, your rate will never go up. And, your coverage will never go down.

This all means you can find help protecting your family's finances. Having a life insurance policy may put them in a stronger position to pay potential costs like medical bills and funeral expenses when you pass. There's no expiration date for Guaranteed Acceptance Whole Life, so your coverage is active for as long as you pay your premiums.


How to learn more about life insurance

Life insurance may seem complicated, but it’s not that hard once you know the basics. Of course, we are happy to help. You can also use the TruStage Life Insurance Calculator to compare different types of insurance and learn more about your options.

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