About Addison's Disease
Addison's disease is a medical condition that causes symptoms such as muscle weakness, fatigue, and darkening of the skin. It results when the adrenal glands stop making a certain kind of hormone, and that leads to destruction of the adrenal cortex. Symptoms typically appear once 90 percent of the adrenal cortex has been destroyed.
Addison's disease can be difficult to diagnose in its early stages, but certain tests may help a healthcare provider determine if a person has this condition or not. Unfortunately, there is no cure; however, symptoms can be controlled, and most people go on to live normal, healthy lives.
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