Diabetes and Other Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders

VA Benefits for Diabetes, Hormone Disorders, Metabolic Problems

Did you develop diabetes during or after military service?

Exposure to toxins, radiation, stressors, injuries, and other in-service events can lead to the development of a wide variety of endocrine disorders and metabolic problems.

Our medical experts provide VA nexus letters to service connect various forms of metabolic and endocrine disorders.

Types of endocrine and metabolic disorders found
to be associated with military service include:

  • Acromegaly
  • Addison's disease
  • Adrenal cancer
  • Adrenal disorders
  • Benign adrenal tumors
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Cushing’s syndrome
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Diabetic nephropathy
  • Goiter
  • Gonad disorders
  • Graves' disease
  • Hashimoto's disease
  • Hirsutism
  • Hurthle cell cancer
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hypothalamic disorders
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Insulinoma
  • Lipid disorders
  • Male hypogonadism
  • Metabolic bone disease
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Neuroendocrine tumors
  • Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
  • Nutritional disorders
  • Osteomalacia
  • Osteoporosis / calcium disorders
  • Pancreatic endocrine disorders
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Pituitary disorders
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Primary aldosteronism (Conn's syndrome)
  • Sex-hormone deficiencies
  • Testosterone deficiency
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Thyroid disease
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Thyroid nodules
  • Thyroiditis
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Type 1 multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN 1)
  • Type 2 diabetes

Diabetes is a common disorder found in VA claims for benefits, partly because it is so frequently associated with exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. In these cases, the ability to prove service in Vietnam is required to receive service connection. However, many non-Vietnam era veterans are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Finding ways to service connect diabetes for these veterans remains a constant struggle.

Our medical experts have been successful in writing persuasive VA nexus letters for diabetes by examining in-service medical records for evidence of early signs of what we now know is metabolic syndrome. Symptoms include weight gain, elevated cholesterol, fatty liver disease, and elevated blood pressure. All these problems can be considered early precursors of metabolic syndrome, which eventually leads to type 2 diabetes and heart disease. In-service obesity or weight gain is often a clue that our medical experts look for.

In addition, our doctors handle any type of issue involving internal medicine, such as kidney problems gastrointestinal disorders, autoimmune disorders, and other health conditions. Our internal medicine professionals are very broadly skilled and also able to render opinions in cases outside of internal medicine, such as in orthopedics.

No matter what type of endocrine or metabolic disorder you have been diagnosed with, our veteran-focused medical professionals at Elite Medical Review Associates will examine all potential links to service and prepare a strong, convincing nexus letter to submit with your VA benefits claim.


Decades of experience with veterans’ disability claims, our doctors are renowned for their meticulous research, recognition of all relevant scientific links between service events and endocrine and metabolic disorders, and diligent nexus letter preparation.

If you’re currently seeking VA benefits for an endocrine or metabolic problem, or wanting to appeal
a denied claim, contact Elite Medical Review Associates today. We can help.

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