Eating, Diet, and Nutrition for Adrenal Insufficiency & Addison's Disease

What should I eat if I have adrenal insufficiency?

Some people with Addison’s disease who have low aldosterone can benefit from a high-sodium diet. A health care professional or a dietitian can recommend the best sodium sources and how much sodium you should have each day.

High doses of corticosteroids are linked to a higher risk of osteoporosis—a condition in which the bones become less dense and more likely to fracture. If you take corticosteroids, you may need to protect your bone health by getting enough dietary calcium and vitamin D. A health care professional or a dietitian can tell you how much calcium you should have based on your age. You may also need to take calcium supplements.

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Protect your bone health by getting enough dietary calcium and vitamin D.
September 2018
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