You may have never heard of Addison’s disease, and if that’s the case, you probably also don’t know that late president John F. Kennedy suffered from it.
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But what is Addison’s disease? The Los Angeles Times, which also talks about the late president’s battle with the disease, calls it the “withering of the adrenal glands” which leads to other health problems. Let’s take a look at 12 other facts about it…
It’s a Hormonal Disorder
The Canadian Addison Society explains this disease affects only about one person per 100,000, but happens at all age levels in males and females.
The source explains it’s caused primarily by an autoimmune reaction, and is characterized by adrenal insufficiency – when your adrenal glands are underperforming. Hormones including cortisol and (sometimes) aldosterone drop off, which has a big impact on overall health.