Adrenal Insufficiency/Addison’s Disease
Adrenal insufficiency also termed Addison’s disease, is caused due to under- production of cortisol hormones by the adrenal glands. This condition can be life-threatening and affects both sexes at any age. Addison’s disease results from damage to the adrenal cortex due to an autoimmune condition (an individual’s immune system uses its own antibodies to destroy the adrenal glands).
The symptoms associated with this condition include nausea, lack of appetite, constipation, diarrhoea, weakness, fatigue, craving salty food, and muscle and joint pain.
Adrenal insufficiency can be treated by replacing the insufficient hormones with medications.
For further information on adrenal conditions, please contact Melbourne Thyroid & Endocrine Centre.