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Addison's disease is an uncommon and potentially fatal disorder of the adrenal glands. Doctors may also refer to this endocrine disorder as adrenal insufficiency or hypoadrenalism. People with Addison's disease can live full lives, but often require medicine to manage symptoms, as there is currently no cure.

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1. How the Adrenal Glands Work

The adrenal glands are two small, triangular organs situated above the kidneys that produce the hormones that keep the body functioning correctly. They are part of the endocrine system and influence almost all the organs and tissues in the human body. The hormones these glands produce help the immune system, play a role in the stress response, maintain normal blood pressure, and balance salt and water throughout the body. Two of these important hormones are cortisol and aldosterone.

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