Taking a Look at Addison's Disease

530 Words Feb 23rd, 2018 2 Pages
There are over 23.5 million Americans who suffer from such diseases. Women of child bearing age and people with a family history of autoimmune diseases are more likely to be affected by these diseases. Addison’s can also occur in dogs. This type of disease is one that is caused by the attack of healthy cells and tissue. The immune system can’t tell the difference between the healthy tissue and the bad one and it attacks the normal one creating an autoimmune disorder. Autoimmune disorders can destroy body tissue, change the function of an organ, or cause abnormal growth in an organ. Parts of the body that are usually affected by these disorders are joints, muscles, blood vessels, endocrine glands, or other organs. There is a wide variety of autoimmune diseases. More than 80 kinds of diseases have been discovered.
One common autoimmune disease is Addison’s disease. Addison’s occurs when your body creates antibodies which attach onto your adrenal cortex and destroys the cells which create cortisol, and aldosterone. This may not seem to be a big deal but, it is life threatening. Cortisol is a hormone which responds to stress, increases blood sugar, and suppresses the immune system. . It also helps regulate the metabolism. When there is a lack of cortisol you can have symptoms such as diarrhea, inability to handle stress, vomiting, loss of appetite, and much more. Aldosterone works with blood pressure, and helps regulate the salt and water…
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