Also known as hypoadrenocorticism, Addison’s disease happens when adrenal glands don't produce enough of the hormones cortisol and aldosterone. Cortisol affects how the body responds to stress, while aldosterone is responsible for electrolyte balance, which is vital in cardiovascular function. While a good number of Addison’s cases go undiagnosed, it’s the only clinical sign of ALD in 10 percent of cases. Often, the condition is easily handled through lifestyle changes as well as a daily steroid pill.
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