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Adrenal Insufficiency occurs when the body is unable to produce enough cortisol. This hormone helps to maintain the body’s functions such as blood pressure, heart muscle tone, sugar, salt balance and more. Just as a Diabetic must take insulin to live, those with Adrenal Insufficiency must take cortisol replacements to live.
During times of illness, injury, and physical and emotional stress, people produce up to 10 times the normal amount of cortisol. This extra cortisol is needed because the body must work harder to maintain it’s normal functions until the illness has passed or the injury has been treated so that it is no longer causing extra stress on the body.
An adrenal crisis can lead to shock, heart failure, disability and even death. Until the cortisol levels are increased so the body is able to maintain its functions, no other treatment will be effective.
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