How Much a Diabetic Will Pay for Life InsuranceIf you’re new to the process of trying to qualify for life insurance with diabetes, let’s review some of the main factors that will affect your pricing.
In life insurance, the name of the game is going to the insurance company that will give you the best rating, and we know which companies are the most forgiving with diabetics. This is why we are regularly able to save diabetics up to 73% on life insurance.
Some of the factors that will affect your premium (in more detail) are:
- The type of diabetes you have, whether it’s type one or type two – typically better rates are available for type 2
- Your height and weight – If you compound diabetes with obesity, you will definitely get no better than a “sub-standard” rating. But if you’re fit and just happen to have diabetes, better rates are available.
- Type of treatment – We successfully insure diabetics on insulin or on oral meds, as long as they are taking their meds as recommended by their doctor. In fact, the type of treatment is not nearly important as the fact that you are compliant with your physicians orders.
- How long ago you were diagnosed – If you’ve had diabetes for a long time (over 10 years), the chances that you’ll have complications due to diabetes are higher and won’t necessarily lead to a substandard rating, but make a Standard offer just a bit more unlikely.
- Complications – If you’ve had foot or eye complications, or any other circulatory or nerve problems, you will most likely be declined for traditional coverage, but you can probably get a “graded life insurance” plan. Call 877-996-9383 for details.
- The age at which you were diagnosed – If you were diagnosed over age 40, you have a great shot at Standard or possibly a bit better. If you were diagnosed prior to age 40 you will most likely get a mild table rating, which means the premium will be a bit higher than the Standard rate. If you were diagnosed over age 60, you’re in great shape to actually be approved at better than Standard. ING is one company who has been known to approve diabetes cases at Preferred in this situation with good control and absent of other health conditions. Note, I’m not saying they do this every time or in every situation, but they have approved many of our diabetics at Preferred!
- Your average glucose reading or A1c - This is the main factor. If your diabetes is under good control (average reading around 130 or less), absent of other conditions and smoking, you usually can get Standard with most companies. In terms of A1c, this should be below 7.5 for a Standard rating usually.