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Addison's Disease

Names
 

Description

Addison's Disease
Adrenal Insufficiency
Autoimmune adrenalitis

Addison’s disease is a hormonal disorder that occurs when the adrenal glands do not produce enough of certain hormones. 

Prevalence

Cases in the US: 16,000 - 80,000
Sources: Medscape

Typical Age of onset

40

Symptoms

  • Extreme fatigue and weakness  
  • Weight loss
  • Decreased appetite
  • Darkening of the skin (hyperpigmentation)
  • Low blood pressure
  • Fainting
  • Salt craving
  • Decrease in heart rate
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Nausea, Diarrhea, Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Mouth sores
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Irritability and depression
  • Body hair loss
  • Sexual dysfunction

Sources:  Mayo Clinic, Healthline