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Can adrenal insufficiency cause high blood pressure or low blood pressure?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Low blood pressure: Low blood pressure is a common feature of adrenal insufficiency. Overtreatment with too high a dose of steroids can lead to high blood pressure.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
A Verified Doctoranswered
29 years experience
Untreated-low BP: When the adrenal glands don't work, blood pressure can be low if someone is not yet diagnosed or under-treated for the condition. An addisonian crisis can cause blood pressures to plummet leading to shock.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

What is adrenal insufficiency and why does it cause low blood pressure?

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Dr. Linda DiMeglio
Pediatric Endocrinology 29 years experience
Hormone deficiencies: Adrenal insufficiency happens when the adrenal glands do not make enough of the steroids that are necessary for managing stress and maintaining blood pressure. Low blood pressure can be the result of a failure to make the hormones necessary to regulate salt and fluid balance as well as to poor blood vessel tone. It is important for persons with adrenal insufficiency to take medicine regularly and take more medicine during times of stress.
Last updated May 1, 2018
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