What is Addison’s disease?

Also known as: adrenal insufficiency.

The adrenal glands produce steroid hormones known as glucocorticoids-cortisol, and mineralocorticoids-aldosterone that regulate many bodily functions, including the ability to respond to stress. When the adrenal glands produce insufficient amounts of these hormones, the disorder is known as Addison’s disease.


Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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