Addison’s Disease

When we exert ourselves, we stress our bodies. This process is often beneficial; however, Badasses with Addison’s disease take a more nuanced view of the biochemistry of exercise than other people may.

Part of exercising with Addison’s disease involves being aware of your normal workload. Novel stressors may require an increased dose of medication, but the jury is still out on that, making it essential to consult your endocrinologist before embarking on a fitness program. Examples of medication routines for various activity intensities and durations are available on the Addison’s Self-Help Group’s website.

Addisonian Badasses should avoid consuming electrolyte replacement products with added potassium and should consume adequate water during and after activity to maintain electrolyte balance.

Mike: Runner | Dad | Addison’s Athlete

The National Adrenal Diseases Foundation publishes this “Compilation for Adrenal Insufficient Athletes.” It has some advice and some inspiring stories of Addisonian athletes (including an Olympian), but it also contains a cautionary tale.

In short, the information about Addisonian athletics is unfortunately limited. Perhaps while we wait for more research to be conducted, we should talk to other Badasses who are living and exercising with the disease, like Mike, who blogs at Mike’s Window. His running advice is thoughtful and clearly delivered, as is this blog post about managing Addison’s in the summertime.

Finally, to connect with other Addisonian athletes, check out Team Addison on the web, on Facebook, or on Instagram. You can view their beautiful documentary here and watch the cycling team in motion here.

If you are an Addison’s disease Badass, we’d love to learn what works for you! Please feel free to email resources@chronicallybadass.org with your fitness tips and Addison’s hacks.

The content on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

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