April 2021: Addison's Disease Awareness Month


WHEREAS, Addison's disease, also called primary adrenal insufficiency, is a rare and sometimes life-threatening condition in which the adrenal glands do not produce enough cortisol and aldosterone; and,


WHEREAS, cortisol and aldosterone regulate metabolism, blood pressure, heart rate, the immune system, and other essential functions; and,


WHEREAS, Addison's disease is most often caused by an autoimmune disorder, affecting approximately 1 in 100,000 individuals in the United States; and,


WHEREAS, individuals with Addison's disease may experience low blood pressure, fatigue, abdominal pain, muscle weakness, and weight loss, as well as adrenal crisis requiring emergency medical treatment; and,


WHEREAS, Addison's disease cannot be prevented or cured but can be successfully treated with lifelong steroid hormone replacement therapy;  


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of the State of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2021 as Addison's Disease Awareness Month in Michigan.