Monday, 1 January 2018

What Addison's Disease Is,Symptoms, Effects And Warnings

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Addison's disease is a rare condition. Only one in 100,000 people has it. It can happen at any age to either men or women. People with Addison's disease can lead normal lives as long as they take their medication. President John F. Kennedy had the condition.
In Addison's disease, called primary adrenal insufficiency, the adrenal glands don't make enough of a hormone called cortisol, or less often, a related hormone called aldosterone.
Addison’s disease is a severe or total deficiency of the hormones made in the adrenal cortex, caused by its destruction.

Symptoms Of Addison's Disease

Addison's disease leads to these symptoms listed below, Addison's disease symptoms usually develop slowly, often over several months. The symptoms include :

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  • Extreme fatigue
  • Weight loss and decreased appetite 
  • Darkening of your skin (hyperpigmentation) 
  • Low blood pressure, even fainting
  •  Inability to cope with stress
  • Moodiness, irritability, and depression 
  • Intolerance to heat or cold
  • Craving for salty foods
  •  Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  •  Nausea, diarrhea or vomiting
  •  Abdominal pain
  •  Muscle or joint pains
  •  Irritability
  •  Depression 
  • Body hair loss or sexual dysfunction in women
  • Loss of consciousness
  • High potassium (hyperkalemia) and low sodium (hyponatremia)

Keep an emergency kit that contains your medications on hand at all times. Ask your doctor to write a prescription for an injectable corticosteroid for emergencies. You may also want to keep a medical alert card in your wallet and a bracelet on your wrist to let others know about your condition.


People with Addison’s disease will have to get treatment for the rest of their lives. Treatments, such as hormone replacement medications, will make symptoms more manageable. As long as you follow the treatment plan your doctor creates for you, it is possible to live a productive life.



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Author: Richard Smith