What is Adrenal Insufficiency?
Adrenal Insufficiency, commonly known as Addison’s disease, occurs when the body’s adrenal glands do not produce enough cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that affects nearly every organ and tissue in the body and has many different effects.
The Cortisol hormone provides the following benefits:
- Helps the body respond to stress
- Maintains cardiovascular function and blood sugar
- Balances the effects of sugar being broken down for energy
- Regulates the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats
What Causes Addison’s Disease?
The most common cause of this disease is an autoimmune disorder, where your immune system malfunctions and attacks itself, including your adrenal glands. Other causes can include fungal infections, Tuberculosis, AIDS, and various cancers.
Common symptoms of adrenal insufficiency include fatigue, muscle weakness, loss of appetite, and weight loss. Dizziness or fainting can also occur due to lowered blood pressure.
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