Advertisement

How common is Addison's disease?

Addison's disease affects about one to four in every 100,000 people. It affects an equal number of men and women, and can affect people of all ages. Addison's disease, also called primary adrenal insufficiency, is much less common than secondary adrenal insufficiency, which is a similar disease that's caused when the pituitary gland fails to send the right stimulating signals to the adrenal glands.

Continue Learning about Addison's Disease

How do illnesses affect someone with Addison's disease?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
Common illnesses may have a stronger effect on people with Addison's disease, since their bodies lac...
More Answers
How is Addison's disease related to tuberculosis (TB)?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
Tuberculosis (TB), an infection that can destroy the adrenal glands, accounts for less than 20 perce...
More Answers
How is Addison's disease different from other adrenal disorders?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
There are two main types of adrenal disorders: primary and secondary. Addison's disease is also know...
More Answers
Why Do People Crave Salt?
Why Do People Crave Salt?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.