Best Life Insurance Options for Senior Citizens With Diabetes
Trying to find affordable life insurance as a senior with diabetes can be very difficult. Some companies are very unfavorable to those with diabetes and others won't offer the same types of policies the older you are.
But, with the right tools and assistance, you can still find life insurance coverage that is affordable, and dependable.
At JRC Insurance Group, we work with some of the best life insurance companies for seniors and diabetics. In this guide, we explain everything you need to know in order to find the best coverage for your situation, regardless of health or age.
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Can I Get Life Insurance With Diabetes If I Am A Senior?
The short answer is yes. However, it is important to note that as you get older, there are less policies available to you, and rates go up. It is also important to understand that health condition largely affects life insurance rates, so the worse your condition, the higher premiums you will pay.
With that being said, there are still plenty of life insurance companies that offer affordable life insurance for seniors in your situation. Working with an independent life insurance agent can help you get access to quotes from dozens of the best providers on the market, and can help you customize the best policy for your needs.
How Does My Diabetes Affect Life Insurance Rates?
For Type 2 Diabetics, you have high blood sugar (or A1C levels). That means your body cannot use the insulin it creates, so you end up with too much sugar in your blood. This can damage your nerves and your blood vessels eventually resulting in a stroke or heart disease.
For Type 1 Diabetics, you have a genetic condition where your body doesn't produce insulin at all. In these situations, you end up insulin-dependent and have to take regular medication in order to keep your blood sugar levels functioning.
Typically, rates for Type 1 Diabetics can be higher, just because there is more of a risk from not taking insulin, along with more health risks related to your diabetes. However, life insurance rates for seniors with well managed Type 1 Diabetes may actually be lower than for someone with Type 2Diabetes who does not manage their condition well, or who has additional health problems.
Fortunately, the way life insurance companies determine rates is not black and white. The better you manage your health, the lower risk you are, and the lower your rates will be. Plain and simple.
In either case, you can still get coverage, even in poor health. If you have control over your diabetes, you can potentially land in the “preferred” risk category, but in more severe cases you will land in the “standard” risk category. Rates will change accordingly.
Want to learn more about life insurance for diabetics? This complete guide has everything you need to know and more.
Finding Affordable Life Insurance for Seniors With Diabetes
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What Kind of Life Insurance Policy is Best for Seniors With Diabetes?
Life insurance policies fall in one of two categories:
- Permanent Life Insurance
- Term Life Insurance
Without going in depth about each policy, term life insurance lasts for a specific period of time (the term), which is usually 10 to 30 years in length. Once it expires, you can usually renew it as Annual Renewable Term (ART) life insurance, but rates increase each year at a very quick rate.
Permanent life insurance lasts a lifetime, or until the maximum policy age (usually 101, or 121). This type of policy can be broken down into various types, depending on the goals of the policyholder, and what they can afford.
Looking to learn more about the differences between term and permanent life insurance? These resources should be able to help:
- Ultimate Permanent Life Insurance Guide
- The Different Types of Permanent Life Insurance
- Converting Term to Permanent Life Coverage
- Term Life vs. Whole Life: Which is Best?
- Term Life Insurance for Seniors: Ages 70+
Term Life Insurance for Seniors With Diabetes
For most seniors with diabetes, term life insurance is probably the best policy option. Unless you need coverage that lasts for your whole life, in which case, burial or no exam coverage (which we will talk about next) is probably right for you.
|Who is it best for?||Term policies are best for people who only need coverage to coincide with a specific length of time. They are also better for people who don't want to take out a permanent policy or want to supplement retirement.|
|What are rates like?||Term life insurance rates will be the cheapest in terms of dollar value. But, if you have health problems, or are older than 75, this may not be the case.|
|Limitations||There may be limitations in terms of the features you can add and the term lengths. As you get older the lengths available to you get shorter. |
Most companies will only provide term policies for 10 years to people who are 80 and will not provide insurance beyond age 85 the new applicants.
There is flexibility from one company to the next in terms of the length of the term. Some companies will offer terms on an annual basis, so you can choose to take out a 10-year policy and then renew that policy each subsequent year as necessary.
Others will let you take out a policy that coincides directly with the years left on something like an existing mortgage, and so on.
If you are in your 60’s, some term life insurance companies will allow you to take out 30-year term policies. But for the most part, you will be limited to 20 and 10-year policies. Most life insurance companies do not offer term policies past age 85, though a few like Mutual of Omaha offer term life policies for people that are 95 years old.
Another benefit of term life insurance is that it can be converted into permanent coverage, though this is usually required before the age of 75 by most companies.
Lastly, term coverage allows for a lot of Policy Riders, which are additional benefits that you can add onto your policy in order to secure more specific coverage. Some of the most important life insurance policy riders for seniors with diabetes are:
- Long Term Disability Rider
- Long Term Care Rider
- Grandchildren’s / Children’s Term Rider
- Accelerated Death Benefit Rider
When browsing for the best life insurance as a senior, you want to make sure that riders are ABSOLUTELY something you factor into the policy you are purchasing.
Want to learn more about what types of policy riders are most important, what they do, and which companies have the best ones? This helpful guide should do the trick.
Burial Insurance for Seniors With Diabetes
Burial insurance is a type of permanent life insurance policy that is meant to cover final expenses exclusively. These types of policies are best for people who need additional coverage, or for seniors who either do not qualify for other types of life insurance, or for people in need of coverage quickly.
Note: This type of policy should be a last case scenario because this is guaranteed issue life insurance. This means that everyone qualifies for coverage, making the average risk much higher for insurance providers. As a result, the premiums for burial insurance policies are quite high in terms of cost per thousand.
|Who is it best for?||Burial insurance is best for those who only want to cover their funeral expenses.|
It is also good for people who cannot afford other types of coverage, but don't want their family to shoulder additional debt when they pass.
|What are rates like?||Rates are higher, but for seniors with bad cases of diabetes, or health conditions from diabetes, it may offer more affordable rates than most term policies, and all other permanent policies.|
|Limitations||The limitations of burial insurance are the face value and how the money can be used.|
Most companies only offer $50,000 in burial coverage, though a few companies offer more for healthier individuals.
Death benefits from burial insurance policies the money can ONLY be used for burial expenses.
|Coverage options||The coverage options range from one company to another. Some companies will offer this under a permanent policy with a minimum of $50,000 in coverage.|
Others have a minimum of $25,000 or maximums of $15,000. There are also a few companies that allow you to add riders to your burial policy.
Overall, burial insurance is good for certain individuals. For seniors with diabetes, if your health is properly managed, without too many additional health conditions, you should be able to find better rates for term insurance.
However, if you are over 75, affordable life insurance may become hard to find, as less options exist. In this case, you may want to consider burial insurance.
Also, for seniors with diabetes that are in poor health, or who need life insurance coverage quickly, burial insurance is the perfect option for you, as it will likely be the most affordable option.
Want to learn more about burial insurance and how it compares to traditional life insurance? These resources outline everything you need to know:
Permanent Life Insurance for Seniors With Diabetes
Permanent life insurance policies come in many different variations. Each one accumulates cash value over time from the premiums paid in. This cash value can be borrowed against as a loan, interest free - as long as it is paid back over the life of the policy. If it is not paid back, any money owed is usually subtracted from the death benefit, though some companies terminate these policies.
Based on how a permanent life insurance policy accumulates cash value, there are different types of permanent coverage. Some common ones include:
- Variable Life Insurance
- Universal Life Insurance
- Guaranteed Universal Life Insurance
- Variable Universal Life Insurance
- Indexed Universal Life Insurance
The list goes on. Going into more depth about the policies requires its own article in order to be thorough, so we wrote about it here.
|Who is it best for?|
Permanent policies are best for people who want to leave an inheritance, guaranteed income, and don't want to deal with taking out another policy later in life.
They are also good for people who want to use their life insurance policy as an investment tool.
|What are rates like?|
The rates for permanent plans are going to be much higher, especially for seniors with health conditions.
The older you are the more expensive they become. But the trade-off is the policy never expires, and it accumulates cash value.
These life insurance policies are not offered at all ages, so it is important to evaluate your needs sooner rather than later.
For most companies, you cannot purchase permanent life insurance (besides burial) after age 65.
Permanent policies have the largest coverage options in terms of the face value amounts, insuring well past $1,000,000.
They also allow you to create estates, and trusts, as well as protect them.
At the end of the day, traditional permanent life insurance has its place. BUT, these policies are not recommended for senior diabetics because the rates are extremely high, and cash value accumulation can take years to make a substantial difference. Similar coverage can be obtained for a fraction of the cost in term policies, or burial policies, especially for those in good health.
For those who are interested in using life insurance to establish and maintain a trust or estate, permanent life insurance is the best option. This is a very safe and affordable way to manage your wealth, and make sure that it is properly distributed in the event of your death.
Interested in learning more about permanent life insurance and estate planning? These helpful resources were created just for you:
Life Insurance Rates for Seniors With Diabetes
In the following tables, the rates for seniors are for those with:
- Type 1 diabetes.
- A last A1C reading of 5.4
- Average reading of 5.6
- No current health complications
- Undergoing treatment with a daily dosage of 30 insulin units
Note: It is important to note that after age 80, only 10 year term policies are offered and after 85, very few companies will offer any permanent life insurance coverage except for guaranteed issue burial policies.
Term and Permanent Rates
|Age||Policy Type||$100,000 Male||$100,000 Female||$250,000 Male||$250,000 Female||$500,000 Male||$500,000 Female|
|55||10 Year Term||$48.03||$37.92||$92.12||$63.35||$158.09||$117.29|
|55||20 Year Term||$72.04||$54.44||$136.23||$95.75||$265.44||$184.48|
|55||30 Year Term||$115.26||$100.98||$272.21||$193.10||$537.40||$379.18|
|60||10 Year Term||$73.31||$52.36||$130.69||$90.52||$254.35||$173.64|
|60||20 Year Term||$117.68||$86.61||$237.47||$168.29||$467.92||$329.57|
|65||10 Year Term||$121.63||$85.81||$223.12||$164.63||$439.23||$285.28|
|65||20 Year Term||$209.99||$161.67||$429.35||$299.29||$851.69||$591.57|
|70||10 Year Term||$202.37||$134.88||$387.92||$268.38||$768.82||$497.89|
|70||20 Year Term||$371.28||$314.29||$826.84||$697.42||$1,587.37||$1,321.54|
|75||10 Year Term||$358.78||$246.07||$710.18||$497.00||$1,413.34||$996.54|
|75||15 Year Term||$533.46||$393.21||$1,214.76||$798.47||$2,422.50||$1,503.22|
|80||10 Year Term||$1,214.47||$717.85||$2,077.05||$1,465.99||$4,137.26||$2,902.60|
*Displayed monthly rates are accurate as of 06/30/22 and are provided for illustrative purposes only.
|Age||$10,000 (Unisex)||$20,000 (Unisex)||$30,000 (Unisex)||$40,000 (Unisex)||$50,000 (Unisex)|
|45 to 54||$43.05||$52.50||$61.95||$71.40||$80.85|
|55 to 64||$58.38||$83.16||$107.94||$132.72||$157.50|
|65 to 75||$135.24||$236.88||$338.32||$440.16||$541.80|
Best Life Insurance Companies for Seniors With Diabetes
Finding the best rates and policies is entirely based on finding the best companies for your situation. Generally speaking, these companies are the best for seniors and diabetics:
|Company||Policies Offered||A.M. Best Rating||Customer Reviews|
|A+||4.3 / 5|
|AIG||A||4.2 / 5|
|A+||4.7 / 5|
Protective Life has been in business for over a century. They offer very competitive prices and have the best Universal products with easy conversions and many extra features you can add to your policy.
AIG is over a century old, and is known as being one of the most affordable life insurance companies for seniors and diabetics. They have great Universal and Indexed Policies, along with customizable Term Policies, and policies geared towards retirement.
Prudential is well known for their risk underwriting which is great for people with diabetes or other pre-existing health conditions. They have been a trusted brand for over 140 years, and people with diabetes can take advantage of the no exam life insurance policies.
Tips for Finding the Best Life Insurance Rates for Senior Diabetics
So, how can seniors with diabetes save money on life insurance? Here are a few easy tips that you can use to get affordable coverage.
1. Work With an Independent Life Insurance Agent
This is the number one tip we can give to seniors looking to find affordable life insurance coverage. Independent agents do not work exclusively for individual insurance companies, which means they are far more capable to find you the BEST rates and policies.
Some companies are more favorable toward those with diabetes and toward senior citizens than others. Working with an independent agent will allow you to compare the companies that have the most favorable rates in your situation, and will also allow you to get unbiased and honest information regarding your best choices.
2. Properly Evaluate How Much Coverage You Need
If you are in retirement, and don't have any dependents or other health concerns, have no worries about leaving an inheritance, and have low amounts of remaining debt, small coverage amounts such as a burial policy might be all you truly need. Again this is something that you should discuss with an agent.
Looking to learn more about how to calculate how much life insurance you need? This article has a quick and easy calculator, and also explains everything you need to know about your coverage needs.
3. Buy As Soon As Possible
The older you get, the higher your insurance premiums are, and the fewer policy options you'll have. Purchasing life insurance coverage sooner than later is your best move, not only for rates, but to get the best policy available.
Want to learn more about the best age to purchase life insurance? These resources have all the information you need:
- What is the Best Age to Purchase Life Insurance?
- Insurance Rates Guide for People Ages 65-79
- What is the Cut Off Age for Affordable Life Insurance?
4. Always Consider Policy Riders
Policy riders are a great way to get additional coverage beyond what your policy alone offers. More often than not, looking through providers based on their riders will lead you to the best coverage in terms of dollar value.
Particularly as we get older, riders are even more important to cover costly medical expenses that can come about due to health complications. Be sure to speak with your independent life insurance agent about the policy riders available to you in each policy.
Want to learn more about policy riders? Read this complete guide for lots of helpful information.
5. Shop Around - Understand Your Options
Just like purchasing anything else, when it comes to finding the best life insurance for diabetics, you should shop around. Never settle for the first or second option. It is in your best interest to work with an agent and compare multiple options very quickly.
In fact, you might do well to compare what options are at your disposal given your current level of health versus what options might be available to you if you were to make mild changes in managing your diabetes. An independent agent can help you do this.
Looking for quick life insurance quotes from the best life insurance companies for seniors who are diabetics? Look no further. Use this easy quoting tool for quick and easy rates from the best providers on the market.
Finding Life Insurance Coverage for Diabetic Seniors
You now have a clear understanding of what life insurance for seniors with diabetes are like, and know exactly how to save money on your coverage. So what are you waiting for?
At JRC Insurance Group, we provide coverage from 63 of the best life insurance companies in the world. Our experienced agents have the skill and knowledge to help you compare and select the best policy for you and your family’s needs.
If you are looking for expert help in order to find the ideal policy for your needs, give us a call, toll free at: 855-247-9555, or, send us a message with your questions here. One of our agents is happy to speak with you about your life insurance needs.
Don’t waste time. Life insurance coverage is extremely important, and finding affordable coverage is just a call away.
Managing Partner and Co-founder
Cliff is a licensed life insurance agent and one of the owners of JRC Insurance Group. He has helped thousands of families of businesses with their life insurance needs since 2012 and specializes with applicants who are less than perfect health. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and the great outdoors.