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What do I need to know about caring for someone with acromegaly?

For starters, you should learn about acromegaly itself-its causes, symptoms, treatments, and health effects-so that you can better understand your loved one's condition. People with acromegaly may continue to be self-sufficient, but they may also need help taking their medication and managing their symptoms. Patients may require assistance with transportation as a result of vision loss, and many people with acromegaly also develop severe arthritis after years of living with the disease. Talk to your loved one and his or her doctor to discuss ways to provide the best care.

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Is acromegaly life threatening?
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What is the rate of incidence for acromegaly?
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How common is acromegaly?
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What is acromegaly?
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