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If you have Addison's disease, you need a MedicAlert

How MedicAlert worksWhen you have Addison's disease (also referred to as primary adrenal insufficiency or hypoadrenalism) wearing a MedicAlert can be essential in an emergency. 

If you are unwell or in an accident, you may need life-saving steroids. By wearing MedicAlert, first responders are alerted to your condition and are therefore able to administer the right treatment quickly and accurately. 

How does MedicAlert help?

MedicAlert supports you via our membership service and custom-made medical ID jewellery. Our jewellery enables emergency professionals to gain vital information from your secure emergency personal record.

MedicAlert membership costs only £32 per year; less than 10p per day, providing you with life-saving services and peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

  • MedicAlert jewellery is always worn on your pulse points, and the front of each disc carries our international medical symbol; this ensures it's spotted promptly in an emergency

  • The back of the MedicAlert disc would be engraved with 'Addison's disease', our emergency telephone number, any other conditions or information as well as your unique membership number used to identify your personal record

  • The emergency line is available 24/7, 365 days a year to first responders, police and healthcare professionals with translation services in over 100 languages and dialects. Wherever you are in the world, we can support you.

  • Your personal record is as unique as you, with the flexibility to hold a variety of information such as:

    • Health related conditions
    • Allergies 
    • Medications 
    • Scanned documents i.e. if you have an implant or pacemaker / ICD
    • Advanced Decisions 
    • Emergency contacts so your loved ones will be notified quickly

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Some facts about Addison's disease

  • Addison's disease is a rare condition that approximately affects 1 in 10,000 people, making it 300 times rarer than diabetes

  • It can affect anyone, and at any age, although it is more common in females, and in people between the ages of 30-50

  • People with Addison's disease require life-long, daily medication to replace the missing hormone cortisol

  • Severe fatigue is the most common symptom at diagnosis

Information taken from NHS Addison's and Addison's UK 

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MedicAlert members with Addison's disease

To read Charlotte's story of how she lives with Addison's disease, click here