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A 27-year-old female asked:

I have low cortisol and low potassium levels. i though addisons disease had high potassium levels?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Addison's disease: Usually electrolyte levels in Addison's disease show low sodium and high potassium and the ACTH level is elevated. You may not have classic Addison's disease if other criteria aren't fulfilled. Could you be losing potassium from diarrhea,laxatives, taking diuretics,excess sweating, alcohol intake, primary aldosteronism,kidney disease? An endocrinologist is best qualified to evaluate and advise yo

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