When applying for life insurance, you will surely be asked several questions about your health and your family’s health history. This is because a life insurance underwriter determines your monthly premiums based on your health and genetic tendencies.
But which medical issues will really make an impact on your rates, and which ones will the insurance underwriters simply gloss over?
Here are six medical issues that can affect your life insurance premiums (and that might be checked during your medical exam and blood tests):
1. Heart Disease
If you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you can have a hard time getting life insurance. However, if you can prove that your diabetes is under control, your chances of approval are better. But while you CAN qualify for life insurance, your premiums will almost certainly be higher. How high depends on a lot of factors, including family history, obesity, high blood pressure, and more.
Your weight is one of the first questions you’ll be asked about on your life insurance application. If your BMI is too high, you’ll be automatically disqualified for certain plans. Life insurance companies take weight seriously because obesity is one of the leading causes of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other health complications.
Twenty years ago, it was almost impossible to get life insurance if you had cancer. Today, it’s much more possible, but your premiums will likely be higher. Underwriters will take various factors into account to determine your premiums, including the type of cancer you had, how long you’ve been in remission, and the general state of your health.
5. Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is when a person stops breathing repeatedly during sleep. Sometimes breathing stops for a few seconds, sometimes for a few minutes. Sleep apnea can lead to hypertension, heart problems, lung issues and puts you at greater risk for accidents while driving — which is why this condition will affect your life insurance premiums.
6. High Blood Pressure
While high blood pressure is a common condition, it will still affect your life insurance premiums. High blood pressure puts you at risk for heart attack, stroke, kidney and arterial damage, and more. If you have high blood pressure that’s under control, make sure to provide your insurance company with proof of how you’re managing it; this can help you get lower premiums.
Mental Health Issues
Tell the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth
When it comes to medical issues and mental health issues, you may be tempted to fudge some paperwork or omit a certain condition altogether. While it’s tempting, avoid this at all costs! If the worst-case scenario happens and you die, the insurance company will almost always investigate the cause of death. If they find out that you weren’t truthful on your application, they may even attempt to deny the payout. And that is completely contrary to your goal, which is to take care of your loved ones if something happens to you.