The adrenal glands make a hormone called cortisol. It helps the body with blood pressure, metabolism, and the immune system. The body does not make enough of this hormone if you have adrenal crisis. Death may happen if you do not get care right away.
Adrenal crisis causes death in some people treated with hGH. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/endocrine/national-hormone-pituitary-program/Pages/health-alert-hGH.aspx. Updated January 2018. Accessed August 17, 2018.
Adrenal insufficiency and Addison's disease. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/endocrine/adrenal-insufficiency-addisons-disease/Pages/fact-sheet.aspx. Updated May 2014. Accessed August 17, 2018.
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