In 70% of people with Addison's disease the adrenal glands are being attacked by their bodies antibodies this means that they have an autoimmune condition.
Addison's disease is also called adrenal insufficiency or hypocortisolism.
We have 2 adrenal glands, 1 above each kidney. The outer layers of the adrenal glands make hormones needed by the body - cortisol and aldosterone. The gradual destruction of the outer layers during the disease means adrenal glands do not produce enough of the hormone cortisol and, in some cases, the hormone aldosterone.
Addison’s Disease Resources
Signs and Symptoms of Addison's Disease
Experience Project. Anonymously connect with people who share your experiences– like those who say 'I Have Addison's Disease'.
This community has been developed to offer those who have and are affected by Addison's Disease with support and information about the disease.
Addisons disease. Authoritative facts about the skin from the New Zealand Dermatological Society.
Addison's Disease | Overview -- FamilyDoctor.org
Learn about the symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment of Addison's disease, a disease that affects your body's adrenal glands.
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Overview of Addison's disease and adrenal insufficiency disorders.
Addison's Disease Support. A non-profit organization providing information and support for Addison's Disease
The website is on-line presence of the UK Addison's Disease Self Help Group (ADSHG).