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Can You Get Life Insurance with an Autoimmune Disorder?

Yes– you should be able to get a life insurance policy if you have an autoimmune disorder.

Autoimmune Diseases affect many parts of the body and can begin with similar signs and symptoms like:

  • fatigue
  • muscular aches and pains
  • bloating
  • rashes and redness
  • inflammation and low-grade fever

This is due to the body’s immune system mistakenly attacking healthy tissue.

Symptoms range from mild rashes to life-threatening conditions that attack major organ systems and this is the reason the life insurance underwriters take these conditions seriously when they are assessing a life insurance application.

For this article, I will concentrate on the ten most common autoimmune disorders we come across here at

common autoimmune conditions

1. Getting Cover with Diabetes

Getting life insurance or mortgage protection if you have diabetes can be tricky, but it should be straightforward assuming your control is good.

Compared to someone in perfect health, you’re looking at an additional premium of around 150%.

So if their premium is €10 per month, yours will be around €25 per month.

Unfortunately, you won’t qualify for income protection or serious illness cover but cancer insurance is an option.

Here’s our in-depth guide: Applying for Cover if you Have Diabetes

2 How Crohn’s Disease Can Affect Your Application

Crohn’s can be mild, moderate or severe.

If you have been symptom-free for over four years, have not used oral steroids, and have had no complications, we may be able to get you the normal price!

Otherwise, your final premium will depend on the severity of the condition and the date of your last major flare-up

Generally, the insurer will increase the cost of your cover by 75% to 150% e.g if the normal price is €10 per month, you will pay between €17.50 and €25 per month.

Here’s all you need to know:  How Crohn’s affects life insurance

3. Will Sarcoidosis Make It Harder to Get Mortgage Protection?

Sarcoidosis is a condition where tiny nodules (lumps), known as granuloma, develop at various sites within the body due to inflammation.

It most commonly affects the skin and the lungs but may also affect other organs including the liver, central nervous system, heart, kidneys and spleen.

sarcoidosis symptoms

If your condition is fully resolved and you’re off all treatment, we should be able to get you cover without a loading.

In ongoing mild and stable cases, the insurer will increase your premium.

For moderate cases, you’re looking at a loading of 100% to 150% (i.e. 2 to 2.5 times the standard premium you may see online.

(don’t trust online quotes)

If your sarcoidosis is severe or getting worse, it won’t be easy to get you covered.

Real Life Example

I have only recently been diagnosed with sarcoidosis. Despite the fact that it is stage  1 which requires no medical intervention or treatment I cannot find a provider for mortgage protection insurance due to the date of the diagnosis being only last week. Can you advise if you would be able to provide any assistance?

This was a recent query; unfortunately, we couldn’t help in this case.

With a recent diagnosis of any condition, including autoimmune disorders, the insurers will have to wait for a period (usually 3 to 6 months) before they can insure you.


They need to see how your condition develops and reacts to the prescribed treatment.

I can get a steer for you from my panel of underwriters if you complete this questionnaire.

4. How Much Will You Pay For Cover with Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a long-term condition affecting the colon. Symptoms of ulcerative colitis include:

  • Bloody diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Anaemia
  • Tiredness and fatigue

Ulcerative colitis and Crohns

Like Crohn’s Disease, your final premium will depend on the severity of the condition and the date of the last major flare-up.

Usually, the insurers apply a loading of +50% to +150%.

The standard price is possible with one of my insurers, provided you have been symptom-free for a long time, and

  • there is no history of prolonged immunosuppressive use,
  • continuous oral steroids
  • or other complicating factors.

5. What’s the Story with Rheumatoid and Psoriatic Arthritis?

Check this article out if you’d like to know how rheumatoid arthritis affects life insurance.

Psoriatic arthritis is also an auto-immune disease.

On the surface, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis can look very similar.

A rheumatoid factor (RF) blood test can diagnose Rheumatoid Arthritis.  People with rheumatoid arthritis carry the protein RF in their blood.

RF is uncommon in people with Psoriatic Arthritis.

Psoriatic arthritis involves both the skin and the joints and that is why it often times is referred to as having a ‘Double Whammy’. So, now when I’m trying to explain it I just say, “It’s a lot like rheumatoid arthritis but with a nasty skin rash.

6.  Can you Get Cover if You Have Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

Lupus is a long-term autoimmune disease.

As we said in the intro, an autoimmune disease causes the body’s immune system to mistakenly attack healthy tissue.

This leads to long-term (chronic) inflammation.

The most common forms of Lupus are

  • Discoid Lupus,
  • Drug-Induced Lupus,
  • Neonatal Lupus
  • and Systemic Lupus Erythematous (aka Lupus, LE or SLE).

Before an insurer can decide whether they can offer cover or not, they typically need the following information:

  • Disease duration
  • Duration in remission
  • Symptoms
  • Medication history and response to therapy
  • Organs involved

If you have lupus, your final premium will be 2 to 3 times the normal price.

Getting mortgage protection or life insurance if you have Lupus is not straightforward. The insurers will need to see your medical reports. If you would like me to check out the possibility of cover, please complete this questionnaire.

7. What Impact has Sjogren’s Syndrome on Life Cover?

Sjogren's syndrome

This chronic disorder affects the immune system and is characterised by two common symptoms:

  1. dry eyes
  2. dry mouth

The condition can occur by itself or often with other autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and other rheumatic conditions.

Sjogren’s syndrome can be difficult to diagnose as symptoms can vary from one person to another and also can be similar to those caused by other conditions.

Symptoms generally appear between the ages of 45 and 55.

It affects 10 times as many women as men.

Approximately 50% of those affected with Sjogren’s also have rheumatoid arthritis or other connective tissue diseases such as lupus.

The condition can affect other body parts, including the lungs, brain, nerves, joints, kidneys, thyroid and liver.

The condition can be classified as follows:

  1. Primary Sjogren’s where the condition occurs alone, i.e. dry eyes and dry mouth
  2. Secondary Sjogren’s where the condition occurs with another connective tissue disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma or systemic lupus erythematous

Life insurance is possible with primary Sjogren’s, but it’s more difficult to find an insurer willing to cover someone with secondary Sjogren’s.

Complete this questionnaire if you would like me to run your case past my insurers anonymously.

8. Is Auto-immune Hepatitis a No-No for Mortgage Insurance?

Cover is possible but at a slightly higher premium than viral hepatitis.

The most important factors are current liver function and how the condition is being treated.

Being autoimmune, the treatment is an immunosuppressant with its own risk.

To get the lowest premium, you’ll need to be

  • in remission
  • normal liver function tests
  • off treatment after only a short term of treatment

For a more severe form, cover may not be possible.

9. How Does Addison’s Disease Affect Life Cover?

Addison’s disease is a rare disorder of the adrenal glands reducing their ability to produce hormones.

It results in general debility, tiredness and weight loss.

Assuming treatment started over six months ago and there are no complications, we will be able to get you covered

More here: Getting Life Insurance if you have Addison’s Disease

10. Can You Get Mortage Protection with Behcet’s Syndrome?

Some of our insurers will generally offer cover with an increased premium. You may struggle to get cover if there are issues with blood arteries e.g. blood vessel inflammation.

Over to you…

After trawling through that post, you may feel a little


Well, I’m here for you.

I’ll be your one point of contact and will deal with all five insurers (Aviva, Irish Life, New Ireland, Royal London and Zurich) to ensure you get the most suitable cover at the best price with the least amount of hassle.

If you have an autoimmune disorder and would like my help, simply give me a quick outline using this form or call me for a confidential chat at (01) 693 3382

Thanks for reading.

Nick | Protection Broker of The Year ?

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