The human body keeps itself in balance using chemical messages called hormones that regulate various bodily functions. In one area, just above your kidneys, is a small gland called the adrenal gland that regulates hormones in this manner and produces some of the hormones that your body needs. However, when the adrenal gland does not make enough hormones or the area is otherwise obstructed, this condition is called Addison’s disease.
If you have the disease, your body fails to make enough of a hormone called cortisol, which helps the body respond to stress, regulate blood pressure, the use of protein and carbohydrates within your body, and more. When cortisol levels drop too low because of the disease, your kidneys cannot keep up with salt and water levels in your body and your blood pressure drops.
Addison’s disease is a relatively rare condition, with less than 1 in 100,000 people affected by it. It can occur in men or women of any age, and even famous people, like American President John F. Kennedy Jr., have had it, living completely normal lives while taking medication.
The causes of Addison’s disease involve your adrenal glands themselves, most typically when the immune system mistakenly attacks the adrenal glands. Furthermore, long-lasting infections like HIV, tuberculosis, and some fungal functions can harm the adrenal glands and cause Addison’s disease. Still connected, the hypothalamus and pituitary gland’s dysfunction can also cause the disease in some cases.
Those with Addison’s disease typically experience the feeling of being slogged down. Their body processes slow down and they do not feel as energetic. Lethargy is common, since the disease hinders the healthy function of your kidneys and other glands in a way that makes it more difficult to perform normal, everyday activities.
Disability Tax Credits for Addison’s Disease
If you or a family member is going through Addison’s disease symptoms and issues, you may qualify for Canada’s Disability Tax Credit. An individual with Addison’s may qualify under several categories, including feeding, elimination (bowel and bladder functions), walking, mental functions, and speaking. It is advised for you to contact HandyTax today and we will be happy to show you how we can help you.