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, gastrointestinal (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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