Addison’s disease is the bodies own immune system attacking the adrenal glands. Symptoms vary, but can have fatal results if Addison’s disease is left untreated. Diagnosis is simple, the treatment straightforward.
The adrenal glad produces a wide array of hormones, when production of any one of those hormones slows down, it’s referred to as an adrenal gland disorder, Addison’s disease.
The adrenal glands produce hormone Cortisone, which is involved in the production of high energy fuel for our body, mobilization of fat and sugar storage. Another hormone produced by the adrenal gland is aldosterone, is involved in the regulation of blood pressure and adjusting the bodies sodium and potassium.
When production of either one of these hormones occur, it causes weight loss, weakness, low blood pressure, skin pigmentation, salt cravings and abdominal pain. Which explains why people with Addison’s disease can have widely diverse symptoms.
If the deficient hormone is not corrected that is causing the Addison’s disease, it can be fatal.
The diagnosis for Addison’s disease is made by checking the blood levels of adrenal hormones and by stimulating the adrenal glands. If they adrenal glands fail respond to to stimulus, your doctor knows for sure there is a problem with your adrenal glands.
Treatment for Addison’s disease is straightforward; replacement of the missing hormone.
In times past, TB was the major cause of Addison’s disease. Today, the major cause of Addison’s disease is an attack on the adrenal glands by the body’s own immune system.