How is Addison's disease different from other adrenal disorders?

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There are two main types of adrenal disorders: primary and secondary. Addison's disease is also known as primary adrenal insufficiency. It is caused when the adrenal glands are damaged and, as a result, can't produce enough of certain hormones. This is different from secondary adrenal insufficiency, which is caused when the pituitary gland doesn't produce enough of the hormone that stimulates the adrenal glands to produce their own hormones. Addison's disease is much less common than secondary adrenal insufficiency.

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Addison's Disease

Addisons disease is a disorder that occurs when your body fails to produce enough hormones (cortisol and aldosterone) in your adrenal gland. These hormones helps the body respond to stress and helps maintain blood pressure as well ...

as water and salt balance in your body. Fatigue, weight loss, low blood pressure and hyperpigmentation are symptoms of the disease. Addisons disease affects all ages, both men and women. The disease can become life-threatening. The disease is treated with hormone replacement therapy.
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