Addison's Disease

Friday, September 06, 2013

Addisons disease is a disorder that occurs when the adrenal glands do not produce enough of their hormones. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Addisons disease is caused by malfunction of the adrenal glands that sit just above the kidney in the abdomen.

The adrenal glands secrete hormones that help your body respond to stress and regulate your blood pressure, water and salt balance. The most common cause of Addisons disease is autoimmune, where your immune system attacks the glands.

Symptoms of Addisons disease include:

- Weight loss

- Muscle weakness

- Fatigue

- Low blood pressure and dizziness

- Low blood sodium levels and

- High blood potassium levels

Addisons disease is not an easy diagnosis to make, so report these symptoms to your physician.

All treatment for Addisons disease involves hormone replacement therapy to correct the levels of steroid hormones your body isnt producing. Some options for treatment include oral corticosteroids, corticosteroid injections and androgen replacement therapy.

An ample amount of sodium is recommended, especially during heavy exercise, when the weather is hot or if you have gastrointestinal upsets.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.