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What increases my risk for Addison's disease?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Anything that can damage or destroy the adrenal glands greatly increases the risk for developing Addison's disease. Any kind of adrenal cancer is a big risk factor. Infections-tuberculosis, for example-can also hurt the adrenal glands and increase the risk for Addison's disease. Also, certain autoimmune disorders may make it more likely for the immune system to attack the adrenal glands, which also increases the risk for developing Addison's disease.

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