A 48-year-old female with Addison's disease is admitted to the hospital. When assessing the patient, the nurse would expect:


• Addison's disease can result in hypoglycemia due to insufficient secretion of cortisol. Cortisol normally increases insulin resistance and gluconeogenesis

• Other signs and symptoms of Addison's disease includes hypotension, fatigue, weakness, weight loss, GI disturbances, hyperpigmentation, and menstrual changes

• Hirsutism, edema, weight gain, and fragile skin are associated with excessive cortisol secretion (Cushing's syndrome)

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