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Applying for Life Insurance with Type 2 Diabetes


Life insurance with Type 2 Diabetes

SPOTLIGHT: Diabetes & COVID-19

In Ireland, as of 28.05.2020, regarding cases with underlying health conditions:

Of 15,450 cases, where information is available, 53% had at least one underlying condition. The most common underlying conditions reported are

  1.  chronic heart disease (15%),
  2. chronic respiratory disease (11%)
  3. and diabetes (6%)

As a result, it is getting more difficult for people with diabetes to get life cover at the moment.

Can you get life insurance if you have diabetes?

The simple answer is yes, you can get life insurance with Type 2 diabetes

Provided you are taking care of yourself, following your GP’s advice and your HbA1c reading is less than 9.

The higher your HbA1C reading, the more difficult it will be to get affordable cover.

I’ve already covered getting life insurance with Type 1 diabetes.

So how do life insurance companies assess your application if you have type 2 diabetes?

Life insurance with type 2 diabetes

From a life insurer’s point of view, type 2 non-insulin dependent diabetes is less risky than type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 usually happens much earlier in life and is more problematic.

You will pay a lot less for your cover than someone with Type 1 diabetes.

Applying for life insurance with type 2 diabetes

That’s not to say applying for life insurance with type 2 diabetes is a walk in the park.

You have to do your homework and apply to the most sympathetic insurer if you have diabetes.

Otherwise, you run the risk of a huge premium increase or even worse…a decline.

Remember if one insurer declines you, you must inform the other insurers you apply to. This makes the other insurers nervous, thus reducing the likelihood you’ll get cover.

So the most important thing is to apply to the correct insurer first time around.

But if you have been postponed or declines, don’t worry, I deal with a couple of insurers who don’t ask about previous applications.

Cheap life insurance quotes for type 2 diabetics

The cheapest insurer usually has the strictest underwriting. They offer the most competitive quote, but only those in perfect health ever get that price.

Before you apply, make sure you get an indicative quote based on your history of diabetes.

How much is life insurance for type 2 diabetics?

The cost of your life insurance will depend on:

You will pay more than someone in perfect health.

If someone lucky enough to be in perfect health pays €50 per month, your premium for the same cover will start at €87.50.

But it could be higher depending on the factors mentioned above.

You may have to reduce the amount of cover you want to get in under budget.

Although this isn’t perfect, it’s better to have some cover than none.

What can you do to give yourself the best chance of getting life insurance with type 2 diabetes?

There are things you can’t do anything about when it comes to diabetes, but some that you can.

The important thing is controlling what you can.

Insurers will look at how well you’re managing your diabetes.

They’ll look at

  • your hbA1c level,
  • weight,
  • diet
  • and exercise habits.

This will help them decide whether to offer you cover and the premium you’ll pay.

Over to you…

Life insurance with type 2 diabetes is more expensive than the standard quotes you can see on our quote system.

But if you keep your expectations in check, I’ll be able to get you a decent level of cover at an affordable price.

If you’d like an indicative quote, complete our diabetes questionnaire, and I’ll be right back to discuss your application in strict confidence.

Nick McGowan | making life insurance easier

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