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Is Addison's disease life-threatening?

As long as Addison's disease is controlled by taking the right medications, it's not a life-threatening condition. In fact, most people with Addison's disease live pretty normal, active lives. However, if it's left untreated, Addison's disease can be life-threatening. A stressful event like injury or illness may cause sudden worsening of symptoms, which can lead to severe dehydration and fatally low blood pressure.

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