|Many people ask themselves "What is Addison's disease?" Addison's disease is a rare endocrine disorder characterized by a severe deficiency of hormones produced in the adrenal cortex.
Addison's affects between 1 and 4 in 100,000 people, including both men and women, and all age groups. The disease tends to become clinically apparent during periods of metabolic stress or trauma.
Major disruption and illness can occur if the adrenal glands do not function properly. Cortisol is a glucocorticoid hormone that plays a vital role in the body. It mobilizes nutrients, regulates the metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates, stimulates the liver to raise blood sugar levels, acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and helps the body respond to stress.
Addison's Disease can have a severe effect on all of these bodily systems.