Home Health House Calls: Addison's Disease

Published 03/07 2014 09:12AM

Updated 05/27 2014 09:28AM

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Cortisol and Aldosterone are a couple of the hormones that are produced by the adrenal glands. These glands are located just above your kidneys.

As part of your endocrine system, they produce hormones that give instructions to virtually every organ and tissue in your body. Addison’s Disease occurs when there is insufficient production of these. Addison's disease occurs in all age groups, affects both sexes, and can be life-threatening.

Addison's disease symptoms usually develop slowly, often over several months. Symptoms include darkening of the skin, weight loss, irritability, salt craving, and nausea.

All treatment for Addison's disease involves hormone replacement therapy to correct the levels of steroid hormones your body isn't producing.

Your doctor may choose to put you on oral corticosteroids or injections. It is important to keep a close relationship with your physician to monitor the hormone replacement. With treatment, managing Addison’s disease is possible.

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