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Is adrenal insufficiency hereditary?

Is adrenal insufficiency hereditary?

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. ...Read more

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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 acute adrenal insufficiency?

What is acute adrenal insufficiency?

Low cortisol : It generally means acute (recent) drop in adrenal gland hormonal production namely cortisol, a very important and life sustaining steroid. There are many reason why some one can develop ai. Autoimmune, infection, acute illness and trauma are a few examples. Need to discuss with an endocrinologist if there is need for hormonal replacement. ...Read more

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How is adrenal insufficiency diagnosed?

How is adrenal insufficiency diagnosed?

Stimulation Test: Cortisol levels vary widely between individuals, and by time of day and are affected by illness. So random levels may not be helpful. A stimulation test with an injection of Cortrosyn to make the adrenals release cortisol is used. Blood is drawn just before, and 30 and 60 minutes after the Cortrosyn injection. Stimulated levels above 18-20 usually indicate normal adrenal function. ...Read more

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What are the tests for adrenal insufficiency?

Primary vs secondary: The fault may lie in the pituitary which may produce too little acth. The adrenal responds normally to acth stimulation. If the gland is defective, there is impaired response to acth. In both there are low levels of corticosteroids in blood and urine, and similar electrolyte disturbances, e.G, high potassium. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is adrenal insufficiency?

What sort of problem is adrenal insufficiency?

No stress hormones: Can be due to autoimmune problems, infections, e.g. Tb, hiv, other, etc. Decreased production of stress hormones, can lead to fatigue, weight loss, nausea, blood pressure drops, menstrual changes, excess skin pigmentation and other symptoms. Can be a real problem if untreated and faced with acute stress like surgery or infection. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of adrenal insufficiency?

Weakness + pigment: Adrenal insufficiency, addison disease, causes, weakness, electrolyte disturbances due to high potassium, increased pigmentation of the skin, especially palms. During stress, adrenal insufficiency may lead to shock. ...Read more

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If you have adrenal insufficiency what foods should you avoid?

Foods?: Avoid any foods that keep you from going to the doctor to get your adrenal insufficiency properly evaluated and treated. In other words none. ...Read more

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Can kidney cysts cause adrenal insufficiency?

Can kidney cysts cause adrenal insufficiency?

No: The adrenal glands, sitting on top of each kidney, are typically preserved in cystic kidney diseases. However that does not exclude screening for ai if clinical features are present such as unexplained hypotension, salt craving or worsening headaches. ...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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Can adrenal insufficiency cause memory and cognitive problems?

Can adrenal insufficiency cause memory and cognitive problems?

Yes, in stress.: Adrenal insufficiency can cause memory loss, especially in stressful situations, as well as confusion, absentmindedness. There is poor resistance to stress, great difficulty to functioning well in stressful situations, or even to react to them, becoming paralyzed. Stress is experienced as being unfair, too much. ...Read more

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Can you get adrenal insufficiency from constant anxiety/stress?

Can you get adrenal insufficiency from constant anxiety/stress?

Yes.: If you're chronically stressed and untreated, it could cause adrenal insufficiency over a long period of time. Normally, when we feel threatened , we respond with the fight or flight phenomena . When the threat is over, our bodies go back to normal. However, if we feel constantly threatened , we do not have a chance to recover , and adrenaline is constantly high causing adrenal insufficiency . ...Read more

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Would acth and cortisol be low or high with adrenal insufficiency?

Cortisol: Would be low. Acth would be high if it were an adrenal cause; low if it was a pituitary cause. ...Read more

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Can adrenal insufficiency cause personality and cognitive changes?

Can adrenal insufficiency cause personality and cognitive changes?

yes: Need to see an endocrinologist who specializes in adrenal pathology. Not all endocrinologist feel comfortable with adrenal problems. Depending where you live, you can find a very good endocrinologist here on healthtap. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Addisonian Crisis (Definition)

Addisonian or acute adrenal crisis is a life-threatening condition that occurs when there is not enough cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It can manifest with fatigue, nausea, poor appetite, fever, joint pain, fatigue, coma, or seizure. Addison's disease is usually treated ...Read more


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