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Is addison's disease genetic?

Is addison's disease genetic?

Not usually: The leading causes of Addison' disease in the US are: autoimmune; metastatic cancer; bleeding into adrenal glands; infectious infiltration (such as tuberculosis). Only the autoimmune type may possibly run in families, whose members typically have other autoimmune disorders such as type 1 diabetes, hypothyroidism, vitiligo, pernicious anemia, or myasthenia gravis, to name a few. ...Read more

Dr. David Geffner
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Addison's Disease (Definition)

Chronic adrenal insufficiency. You may consult this site for more information on this topic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/addisons-disease/home/ovc-20155636 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any ...Read more


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What is primary adrenal insufficiency (addisons disease)?

What is primary adrenal insufficiency (addisons disease)?

Adrenal cortex: The adrenal cortex makes lots of hormones. Very important are cortisol and aldosterone which help maintain life and salt balance. Addison's disease is caused by adrenal cortex damage rendering it unable to make these hormones anymore, mostly autoimmune cause in us. Patients often have a bronzed look. Hydrocortisone replacement is a lifesaving necessity. Fludrocortisone may also become necessary. ...Read more

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Is addison's disease contagious?

Is addison's disease contagious?

No: It is not an infection caused by a bacteria, virus, fungus. It is a metabolic disease due to unique chemical and genetic issues in the individual person. Not transmissable or contagious. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an addisonian crisis (acute adrenal crisis)?

What sort of problem is an addisonian crisis (acute adrenal crisis)?

Emergency: Adrenal crisis occurs when there is abrupt loss of adrenal hormones or treatment of addison's disease is suddenly stopped. Symptoms include low blood pressure leading to shock, confusion leading to loss of consciousness, low blood sugar, electrolyte imbalance leading to instability of the heart rhythm, and can result in death. Treatment is required urgently. ...Read more

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Why's addison's disease so rare?

Why's addison's disease so rare?

Life threatening: We're lucky it is uncommon, because untreated addison's disease can be fatal. Most addison's in developed countries is autoimmune, and sometimes associated with other autoimmune diseases (eg. Hashimoto's, type 1 diabetes, etc). ...Read more

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Is addison's disease painful?

Is addison's disease painful?

Not physically: Addison's is often diagnosed late, after months or years of simply not feeling well. Physical pain is likely to be late from muscle cramps from sodium wasting. But having no energy, swinging moods, nausea, weight loss, and being told you have mental health issues hurts in its own way. ...Read more

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Does lysodren cause addison's disease?

Does lysodren cause addison's disease?

Yes it can cause: Lysodren is used in dogs for treatment of Cushing's Syndrome and in humans for cancer of Adrenal and if used without these indications may cause Addisons Disease in Humans and dogs ...Read more

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What causes Hyperkalemia in Addison's disease?

What causes Hyperkalemia in Addison's disease?

Distal tubule: In the absence of aldosterone and its like from the adrenal cortex, the proximal tubule has some mechanisms that ordinarily waste sodium and hang onto potassium. This will get you started. ...Read more

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Is primary adrenal insufficiency the same as addison's disease?

Often, yes: Addison's disease is an autoimmune disease which harms the cortex of the adrenal glands. However, anything that damages the adrenal cortex can also cause primary adrenal insufficiency. ...Read more

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Is cushing's disease curable?

Is cushing's disease curable?

Sometimes: Cushing's disease can be cured by pituitary surgery: removing the small benign tumor causing the adrenal to overwork. However pituitary surgery is not 100% effective and some people may need to have the adrenal glands themselves removed. The options for curing cushing's syndrome depend on its cause, as there many potential causes, including cushing's disease. ...Read more

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Lyme disease life threatening?

Lyme disease life threatening?

Rarely: If properly diagnosed and treated, good results. If diagnosis of lyme is incorrect, there is damage from that inappropriate treatment and from not making the correct diagnosisl. ...Read more

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Is adrenal insufficiency the same as addison's disease?

Is adrenal insufficiency the same as addison's disease?

Not exactly: Addison' s disease is a state of adrenal insufficiency but not vice versa as there are many other causes besides ad ( an autoimmune disease) that can lead to cortisol deficiency state such as tuberculosis of the adrenals, hemorrhage of the adrenals, certain genetic storage syndromes and hypopituitarism. ...Read more

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Should addison disease patients get pregnant?

Should addison disease patients get pregnant?

High Risk: Patients with addison's disease can certainly carry pregnancies. However, due to the nature of this disease, planning before the pregnancy with your endocrinologist and OB is a must. Pregnant patients with addison's disease are at especially high risk and need to be closely monitored. ...Read more

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What is addison's disease?

Adrneal failure: Rare but very serious, and often missed for a long time especially if the person is considered to suffer emotional illness. The adrenal cortex fails to make the cortisol that one needs to stay perky; nausea and weight loss are only the beginning. President kennedy suffered from it. Patients need to carry a medical alert and a cortisol needle. ...Read more

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Could anxiety lead to addison disease?

Could anxiety lead to addison disease?

Visa versa: The biologic and chemical cahnges in addison's disease can cause anxiety. Consult your endocrinologist office. ...Read more

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Can Lyme disease cause adrenal insufficiency?

Lyme disease: There is much speculation, primarily in the lay press about "adrenal exhaustion" due to lyme disease. This seems to be purely theoretical and not based on any firm scientific evidence. The problem is that there is much we do not understand about lyme disease, and it has been the speculative cause of many unexplained illnesses. Stick to "proven" facts, and adrenal insufficiency is not. ...Read more

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Is grave's disease hereditary?

Is grave's disease hereditary?

Graves' disease: Because a family history of graves' disease is a known risk factor, there is likely a gene or genes that can make a person more susceptible to the disorder. ...Read more

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Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
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Adrenal Insufficiency (Definition)

Adrenal insufficiency is either an absent or abnormally low production and/or secretion of hormones produced by the adrenal gland. Hormones produced by the adrenal glands include those involved with salt regulation, sugar metabolism, and sex hormones ...Read more