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How common is Addison's disease?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

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.

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