Addison's Disease Physiology
Addison's Disease Aldosterone
Aldosterone causes the body to retain salt, which in turn causes the body to retain water. This increase in water can raise blood pressure.
Addison's Disease Cortisol
- Helping the body supply nutrients needed during times of stress
- Maintaining blood pressure and heart function
- Regulating the body's use of protein, carbohydrate, and fats
Addison's Disease Epinephrine
Epinephrine stimulates the nervous system, helps maintain blood pressure, and increases the heart rate. Epinephrine is released into the bloodstream when the blood glucose is low, and during times of intense exercise and stress.
Addison's Disease Norepinephrine
Norepinephrine helps to maintain the blood pressure, but has little effect on the heart.
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