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Addison's disease is a rare (one in 100,000) auto-immune disease which affects the adrenal cortex. In primary Addison's disease, the body's immune system destroys the adrenal cortex, leaving only the medulla. The adrenal cortex produces cortisol and aldosterone, both which are extremely important hormones. Cortisol, a glucocorticoid, maintains blood pressure and cardiovascular function, helps regulate the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and fats. Aldosterone, a mineralocorticoid, helps to maintain blood pressure and water and electrolyte balance.

The disease, untreated is characterized by weight loss, muscle weakness, fatigue, low blood pressure, and sometimes darkening of the skin in both exposed and nonexposed parts of the body. Lab data often indicates low sodium and elevated potassium in serum.

Treatment of primary Addison's disease includes replacing the hormones the adrenals make with oral medications such as hydrocortisone, florinef and sometimes prednisone.

I've had Addison's disease for 4 years and am one of the lucky ones. Most individuals with Addison's are terribly fatigued, gain a lot of weight from steroid supplementation and have secondary auto-immune diseases. I for the most part am very healthy. I am able to work full time, compete in triathlons and live a normal life. I eat very healthy in order to avoid getting type 2 diabetes which I am at risk for. And the bonus is that I'm tanned all year round and I get to eat as much salt as I want cause my blood pressure is usually like 90/60 (normal is 120/80). Eating salt brings mine up!

All in all it's ok. And I do work with the societies to help educate med students as it was a resident who caught my disease right before I would have died. I was ill for 4 months before being diagnosed, lost 30 lbs and was vomiting 6x a day. That resident remembering a lecture on Addison's disease recognized the signs! I was very lucky!
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Addison's disease is a rare (one in 100,000) auto-immune disease which affects the adrenal cortex. In primary Addison's disease, the body's immune system destroys the adrenal cortex, leaving only the medulla. The adrenal cortex produces cortisol and aldosterone, both which are extremely important hormones. Cortisol, a glucocorticoid, maintains blood pressure and cardiovascular function, helps regulate the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and fats. Aldosterone, a mineralocorticoid, helps to maintain blood pressure and water and electrolyte balance.

The disease, untreated is characterized by weight loss, muscle weakness, fatigue, low blood pressure, and sometimes darkening of the skin in both exposed and nonexposed parts of the body. Lab data often indicates low sodium and elevated potassium in serum.

Treatment of primary Addison's disease includes replacing the hormones the adrenals make with oral medications such as hydrocortisone, florinef and sometimes prednisone.

I've had Addison's disease for 4 years and am one of the lucky ones. Most individuals with Addison's are terribly fatigued, gain a lot of weight from steroid supplementation and have secondary auto-immune diseases. I for the most part am very healthy. I am able to work full time, compete in triathlons and live a normal life. I eat very healthy in order to avoid getting type 2 diabetes which I am at risk for. And the bonus is that I'm tanned all year round and I get to eat as much salt as I want cause my blood pressure is usually like 90/60 (normal is 120/80). Eating salt brings mine up!

All in all it's ok. And I do work with the societies to help educate med students as it was a resident who caught my disease right before I would have died. I was ill for 4 months before being diagnosed, lost 30 lbs and was vomiting 6x a day. That resident remembering a lecture on Addison's disease recognized the signs! I was very lucky!

Wow, sounds kinda serious. Do you have to eat a restricted diet? Like no gluten etc?