Addison’s disease is a disorder in which the adrenal glands produce insufficient amounts of the hormone cortisol, and sometimes the hormone aldosterone, as well. Cortisol affects numerous functions in the body, including blood sugar levels, metabolism, inflammation, the immune system, and memory formulation. Aldosterone regulates sodium in the kidney, salivary glands, sweat glands, and colon.
The list is extensive and eclectic. It includes:
This is a condition in which the adrenal glands produce excessive amounts of one or more of the following hormones: androgen, corticosteroids or aldosterone. Symptoms depend on which adrenal hormone is overproduced. Here is a sampling:
A leading pediatric endocrinologist with more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Agarwal begins with a complete medical history, followed by a thorough physical examination that may include blood and/or urine testing and imaging procedures. From here she will confirm a diagnosis and discuss treatment options. These may entail medication or surgery, depending on the specific condition, age and health of each patient.