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How does Addison's disease affect children differently than adults?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Addison's disease can affect people of all ages, but the most commonly affected age group is adults 30 to 50 years old. Though the disease affects most people similarly, there are a few differences between the way it affects adults and the way it affects children. The cause of Addison's disease is one of those major differences. Children are more likely to develop Addison's disease as a result of genetic problems like polyendocrine deficiency syndrome, as opposed to infections or other diseases. Also, children are more likely to experience certain symptoms, especially those related to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels), which usually include nervousness and hunger.

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