Screening for Addison’s is pretty simple.
If your doctor suspects Addison’s, he or she will conduct a blood test to check for your levels of cortisol and another hormone called ACTH. “Usually the results of that screening are very clear,” Hatipoglu says. If they’re not, some follow-up tests can determine for sure if you have the condition. (Blood tests can also reveal these 8 unexpected things about your health.)
There are effective treatments.
Those treatments involve taking oral hormone supplements. (Thinking about hormone therapy? Read this first.) In extreme cases, if the patient’s body does not properly absorb those supplements, injections may be necessary, Hatipoglu explains. “But patients live a normal life,” she adds. “It’s a treatable disease, and the treatments are effective.”