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Addison's disease

Addison’s disease (hypoadrenalism or adrenal insufficiency) is a rare, potentially fatal condition where the adrenal glands cease to function. People with Addison’s disease require life-long, daily treatment with replacement steroid hormones.

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  1. Addison’s disease (also called hypoadrenalism or adrenal insufficiency) is a rare, potentially fatal condition where the adrenal glands cease to function. People with Addison’s disease require life-long, daily treatment with replacement steroid hormones. With the right balance of daily medication, people with Addison’s can expect to have a normal life span and to lead full and productive lives. It is not unknown for people with Addison’s to live into their 90s. The most famous Addison’s patient was US President John F Kennedy.

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  2. Addison’s disease is a condition which involves a lot of complex, medical terms. It can be confusing to know what these terms mean so we have produced a short glossary explaining some of the more common medical expressions you may come across.

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  3. When you are first diagnosed with Addison's, it can be an uncertain and confusing time. You will have many questions and there is a lot of new information for you to digest while coming to terms with your diagnosis. This page lists some key actions that people who are newly-diagnosed with adrenal insufficiency can take to make sure that both they and their families and healthcare providers understand their condition and can manage their health going forwards.

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  4. Addison’s disease is a rare, chronic condition brought about by failure of the adrenal glands. If untreated the condition is life threatening and unfortunately not always spotted quickly.

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