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What are the types of adrenal insufficiency?

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Primary adrenal insufficiency is also called Addison’s disease. When you have this, your adrenal glands can’t make the cortisol your body needs to help control stress. They also might not make enough aldosterone, which balances the sodium and potassium in your blood. It helps control your blood pressure and the balance of fluids in your body. Secondary adrenal insufficiency is more common. It results from a problem with your pituitary gland, a pea-sized bulge at the base of your brain. It makes a hormone called adrenocorticotropin, which signals your adrenal glands to make cortisol when your body needs it. If your adrenal glands don’t get that message, they may eventually shrink.

From: What Is Adrenal Insufficiency? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Adrenal Diseases Foundation: "Addison’s Disease."

Pituitary Network Association: "Adrenal Insufficiency (Addison’s Disease)."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Addison’s Disease."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Adrenal Insufficiency & Addison’s Disease."

National Adrenal Diseases Foundation: "Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 12, 2019

SOURCES:

National Adrenal Diseases Foundation: "Addison’s Disease."

Pituitary Network Association: "Adrenal Insufficiency (Addison’s Disease)."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Addison’s Disease."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Adrenal Insufficiency & Addison’s Disease."

National Adrenal Diseases Foundation: "Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 12, 2019

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