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Please advise on what kind of food /meal that is good for patient with addisons disease?

Please advise on what kind of food /meal that is good for patient with addisons disease?

Healthy diet: There is no diet that will control/ treat Addison's disease. You should eat a well balanced diet and take the medication your doc will prescribe

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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Ruling out addisons disease what other conditions would cause me to excessively crave salt? I get up in the middle of the night & eat salt by the tabl

Ruling out addisons disease what other conditions would cause me to excessively crave salt? I get up in the middle of the night & eat salt by the tabl

Not common: Sx of addison's disease can include: craving salt, muscle weakness, fatigue, weight loss, low blood pressure. Salt craving can also be seen in bartter syndrome and certain psychiatric conditions. Check w/your doctor for help as severe salt craving is obviously abnormal.

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Can a teen have addisons disease?

Can a teen have addisons disease?

Yes absolutely.: Although rare, addison's does present in teens. If there is a family history of autoimmune diseases, this is even more likely. Addison's can be a life threatening illness, so if you have concerns, please speak to your doctor soon. Signs and symptoms can be non-specific and include fatigue and weakness, but what sets addison's apart is the accompanying skin changes and blood test abnormalities.

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What is it like to have addisons disease?

What is it like to have addisons disease?

Many things: Hi. Addison's disease is primary adrenal failure, usually of autoimmune etiology. The patients feel fatigue & malaise, dizziness on standing, nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss, low BP, high pulse, darkening skin, low blood sodium, high blood potassium, hi ACTH & low cortisol. In the untreated state, any severe illness, infection, trauma, etc can be lethal. Treat with Cortef (hydrocortisone) & Florinef.

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What does addisons disease do to a person?

What does addisons disease do to a person?

Weakness, low BP: In addison's disease, one's adrenal glands are not producing enough cortisone, aldosterone, & sex hormones. BP is very low; hr can be fast. Chronic nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea; extreme fatigue & weakness; salt craving; darkening of skin in some places, paleness in others -- the person can look patchy. With hormone replacement therapy, normal life is possible. Http://tinyurl. Com/4ytupea.

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Do you know anything about addisons disease?

Do you know anything about addisons disease?

Yes: What you need to know, as an ordinary person, is that in the us it is usually due to autoimmunity, in the rest of the world it is often due to tuberculosis, it is rare, most people who think they have it are actually responding to life stress, it is easily ruled in or out with labs provided the practitioner knows what he/she is doing, and patients must take rx and carry a needle and information.

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Can addisons disease be cured? Need expert opinions!

Can addisons disease be cured? Need expert opinions!

Nope: Hi. Addison's disease can be treated, but not cured, much like type 1 diabetes, hypothyroidism, hypopituitarism, etc. Don't forget to talk with your doc about stress doses of your glucocorticoid (probably hydrocortisone or prednisone), and to have an injectable glucocorticoid on hand in case you can't keep anything down by mouth, to buy you time to get to the ER. All the best.

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What are the demographics of people who have addisons disease?

Varies: The occurrence of addison disease is rare. The reported prevalence in countries where data are available is 39 cases per 1 million population in great britain and 60 cases per 1 million population in denmark.

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Need a simple explaination for this. What does addisons disease do to a person?

Need a simple explaination for this. What does addisons disease do to a person?

Nothing simple here: Inability to make cortisol renders a person weak, sickly, often dark-complected, interferes with control of blood potassium and glucose, and puts them at risk for dying suddenly when stressed. Once diagnosed, it's managed easily enough but the person does well to sport a tag warning of addisonism so extra cortisol can be given in a medical crisis. Autoimmue form runs with other illnesses.

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What is it like to have addisons disease? What are the symptoms? Will it affect a person's day to day activities?

Depends: The symptoms depend on the length of the disease and on how low are the hormone levels. Usually, untreated, this condition is severe and can cause low blood pressure, lethargy, unconsciousness, low sodium, high potassium and low blood sugar - adrenal crisis. Earlier symptoms are inability to cope with sickness, weight loss, salt craving, sometimes darkening of skin.

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Why is hemoglobin A1c high in addisons disease?

Why is hemoglobin A1c high in addisons disease?

Thanks for asking!: The risk of having type I diabetes increases in the presence of another autoimmune disease, such as addison's disease.

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Is there a connection between addisons disease and diabetes?

Is there a connection between addisons disease and diabetes?

Connection: There is a condition called polyglandular syndrome consisting primarily of autoimmune thyroid, adrenal and type 1 diabetes. In general, whenever you have one autoimmune disease, you are at higher risk of developing another autoimmune disease.

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What exactly does dhea pill do for you? Is it necessary to take when have addisons disease?

DHEA: A number of studies have found that dhea supplements may help people with depression, obesity, lupus, and adrenal insufficiency. Dhea may also improve skin in older people and help treat osteoporosis, vaginal atrophy, erectile dysfunction, and some psychological conditions.

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Should I get checked for possible addisons disease if I have a family history of addison's disease.

If symptomatic: There's a familial addison's but most is sporadic. If you know you should be eating but don't want to, and are losing weight, it's reason enough to screen anyone for addison's.

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Why do I crave salt excessively? I've read among other diagnosis that craving salt is a symptom of addisons disease?

Why do I crave salt excessively? I've read among other diagnosis that craving salt is a symptom of addisons disease?

Possibly: Although salt craving is a symptom of addisons disease, most people who crave salt do not have this disorder, as it is very rare. Major symptoms of addisons also include loss of appetite, nausea, weight loss, lightheadedness when standing due to low blood pressure, skin darkening. If addisons disease is suspected, the diagnosis should be confirmed by an endocrinologist before starting medication.

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Is addisons disease a genetic hereditary problem?

Is addisons disease a genetic hereditary problem?

Addisions is genetic: In 2012 the answer is usually yes. Tuberculosis caused dr. Addison to describe the condition. Now it is any failure of the adrenal glands. Today it does run in families where autoimmune diseases occur. (thyroid, diabetes, adrenal, celiac, etc).

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Is smoking marijuana bad if you have addisons disease?

Is smoking marijuana bad if you have addisons disease?

Yes, Yes.: If you smoke majuana (unprescribed by md) that is bad. If you have addison's disease and smoke marijuana that is more bad. I wish you can decide to fight these 2 disorders and reclaim the healthy life you deserve. Get help for both problems. Life can be good.

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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.

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Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
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Adrenal Insufficiency (Definition)

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