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Addisons disease

Addison's Disease

Elizabeth and Carlos

What gland does the disorder affect? The adrenal glands.

What is the function of the gland that is being affected? The adrenal glands arepart of the endocrine system. The endocrine system is a group of glands all over your body that produce and secrete hormones to regulate your body's processes incuding body's moods, growth, metabolism, and tissue function.

What hormones does the gland release? It releases adrenaline-like hormones and a class of hormones called corticosteroids.

How does the disorder affect the rest of the body? It affects the rest of the body by muscle weakness. loss of apetite, weight loss, low blood pressure, and cravings for salt.

What happens to the functioning of the gland in this disorder? In people who have Addison's disease, the adrenal glands do not produce enough cortisol, one of the glucocorticoids. Sometimes, the adrenal glands also fail to produce enough aldosterone, one of the mineralocorticoids.

How is the disorder diagnosed? In its early stages, adrenal insufficiency can be difficult to diagnose,but can be easily diagnosed by ACTH stimulation test, CRH stimulation test and diagnosis during an emergency.

What treatment is needed? Treatment for Addisons disease invloves taking hormones to replace the insufficent amounts being made by your adrenal glands in order to mimic the benificial effects from hormones.

What lifestyle changes are necessary? Constant therapy, muscle weakness.

What are the long term health effects if the disorder remains untreated? Addison's disease can be life thrratening or end up in a coma.

Addison's disease is a disorder that occurs when your body produces insuficient amounts of certain hormones proceed by your adrenal glands.


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