At Senior Care Life we specialize in finding life insurance policies for people with a variety of health conditions including Addison’s Disease. With our years of experience working with different medical conditions we can also offer some insights if you are seeking Addison’s disease life insurance coverage. Addison’s disease is a rear condition, so there may be little information available about it in connection with life insurance. While well-known case of common diseases such as cancer and heart disease are preferential in search results, Addison’s disease is lesser known. Most people are aware that certain diseases or health conditions can negatively impact an application for life insurance. Here we will provide you with information on how Addison’s disease will affect your life insurance application.
Addison’s Disease and How It’s Caused
Addison’s Disease is the result of the inability of the adrenal glands to make enough cortisol. Also known as adrenal insufficiency. The disease is a rare health condition and affect only about one out of every 100,000 people. Addison’s disease is typically detected through a routine blood test, checking for sodium, potassium and white blood cell levels. Cortisol is a hormone that helps the body to respond to stress, as well as regulate your body’s use of protein, carbohydrates and fat. There are 2 forms of Addison’s Disease. 1) Addison’s disease adrenal insufficiency; when the adrenal glands are negatively affected by a problem in another part of the body, such as the pituitary gland, Kennedy had the condition, and it affects both men and women. 2) Addison’s disease is also when adrenal insufficiency is a problem with the adrenal glands themselves, and is the more common form of the disease, accounting for about 70% of the cases.
Some symptoms associated with Addison’s Disease:
- Weight loss and decreased appetite
- Muscle weakness and fatigue
- Darkening of your skin
- Salt craving
- Low blood pressure, even fainting
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- Nausea, diarrhea or vomiting
- Muscle or joint pains
- Body hair loss or sexual dysfunction in women