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A 47-year-old member asked:

Is adrenal insufficiency hereditary?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 34 years experience
It can be.: One cause of adrenal insufficiency, addison's disease, is an auto-immune disorder. The immune system mistakenly makes antibodies targeting one or more proteins in the adrenal cortex, and winds up destroying the adrenal cortex, so that the adrenals can no longer make cortisol, or other hormones. As is true for most auto-immune disorders, a tendency to develop addison's can run in families.
Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics 23 years experience
Adrenal insufficienc: Most are not hereditary but there is one cause that is thought to be. Type 2 or schmidt's syndrome is a polyendocrine deficiency syndrome.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What is adrenal insufficiency?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Low adrenal function: The adrenal glands make a number of different hormones, most importantly cortisol. When a person's adrenals cannot make normal amounts of cortisol, they are diagnosed with adrenal insufficiency, or failure. This can be due to a problem in the adrenals (infection, tumor, bleeding, auto-immune destruction) or in the pituitary or parts of the brain that control the adrenals.

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