How is Addison's disease diagnosed?

Addison's disease can actually be difficult to diagnose. Many times, the symptoms aren't too noticeable, and there isn't any one test that can confirm Addison's disease in every case. Instead, doctors will often do a combination of blood tests to measure the levels of sodium and potassium in the blood. They can also measure the levels of cortisol and corticotropin, which are two hormones affected by Addison's disease. If necessary, doctors may do other blood and urine tests to confirm the diagnosis.

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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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