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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 ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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 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 it true that addisons disease and adrenal insufficiency are the same?

Addison: Addison disease is the decreased function of the adrenal gland with decreased level of aldosterone. ...Read more

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What is the difference between addison's disease and primary adrenal insufficiency?

Can be the same: Addison's disease is primary adrenal insufficiency and implies that the immune system is attacking the part of the adrenal gland which makes cortisol. Primary adrenal insufficiency doesn't have to be autoimmune, however. Secondary adrenal insufficiency is when the pituitary gland doesn't make enough acth, a hormone which signals the adrenal gland to make cortisol. ...Read more

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What is the difference between addison's disease & just having adrenal insufficiency?

Usually same: Addison’s disease (also chronic adrenal insufficiency) is a rare, chronic endocrine disorder in which the adrenal glands do not produce sufficient steroid hormones (glucocorticoids and often mineralocorticoids). With a number of relatively nonspecific symptoms, such as abdominal pain and weakness, but under certain circumstances, can be life-threatening. Addison's disease occurs in all age groups. ...Read more

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Can I still smoke marijuana if I have addisons disease?

Can I still smoke marijuana if I have addisons disease?

I suppose: And you can still shoot heroin too but why would you. ...Read more

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Do infertility and addisons disease usually go hand in hand?

Do infertility and addisons disease usually go hand in hand?

Links between both: Maybe, not always. Women with primary ovarian insufficiency (early menopause) are much more likely to develop addison's disease and need to be tested. The connection works the other way, with women with addison's disease having lower fertility than women the same age without addison's, but not all are infertile. 1 report of a man with addison's with low sperm, improved with treatment of addison's. ...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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Nutrition (Definition)

Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more