I have low cortisol levels, though not Addison disease. How may they treat it?

Many options. I don't know how your docs may treat but I'd advise adrenal supporting herbs like Ashwagandha, Rhodiola & Cordyceps, reducing stress (both physical & emotional), healthy low-glycemic diet, adequate rest & meditation. Treat any infections (including chronic low-grade ones) & avoid allergens/allergenic foods (often undiagnosed). Consider adrenal glandular extracts. See http://www.adrenalfatigue.org/

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Can addison disease present symptoms of hypoKpp? I have low cortisol, and bouts of low K and glucose. Weakness, numbness, fatigue, thirst, lightheaded

Addison disease. usually causes higher rather than lower potassium. How do you know you have low cortisol levels? What tests were done and what were the results. Low blood sugar is vanishingly rare and a frequently overdiagnosed and misdiagnosed disorder unless you are on diabetes medication. Discuss w/your doctor. Read more...
Addison's disease. Adrenocortical insufficiency is an unusual disorder of the adrenal cortex that controls mineralocorticoid, androgen, and glucocorticoid function. It typically arises in the 30-50's and is insidious in its onset. It has a variety of symptoms including the ones you mention. However, the potassium abnormalities are usually elevated and not low. Please see an Endocrinologist for further details. Read more...

What are the symptoms of addison's disease other than low cortisol levels?

Severe symptoms. Patients with true addison's disease have severe symptoms that include: orthostatic hypotension (blood pressure drops when standing leading to lightheadedness), loss of appetite (that can be as extreme as nausea/vomiting), weight loss; weakness, fatigue, darkening of the skin. It may present as a chronic illness, suggesting an underlying cancer, as a result, the diagnosis is missed frequently. Read more...

Why does one have low cortisol and high potassium levels in addison's disease?

See below. Addison's disease is a state of low cortisol or hypocortisolism. In addition to cortsiol, the adrenal galnd also produces a very important hormone called aldosterone. The latter is responsible for reabsorbing sodium from the urine in exchange for potassium. If such hormone is not produced in sufficient quantity (either isolated or in conjunction with cortisol), potassium levels go up. Read more...
Decreased exchange. In addisons disease there is decreased production of cortisol and aldosterone. These are responsible for decreased potassium excretion in urine and high levels of potassium in blood. Read more...

Why would someone with addison's disease have low cortisol and high potassium?

Addison's disease. Patients with addison's disease have a low cortisol level since the adrenal glands do not produce it. They have high potassium levels because their adrenal glands do not produce aldosterone, which helps the body get rid of potassium in the kidney. Read more...