Blog changes

Thanks to everyone who followed Training Because I Can! over the last nine years. This blog started with Addison's Disease, hypothyroidism and a crazy idea of doing an Ironman distance triathlon. My life has changed and so has this blog. I am using this blog strictly for Addison's Support topics from here on out. I hope to continue providing people with hints for living life well with adrenal insufficiency.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Study: evidence that current replacement regimens fail to restore health-related subjective health status fully in patients w/adrenal insufficiency

Interesting study. Here's the conclusion by the author: Patients with AI on current standard replacement suffer from significantly impaired health-related subjective health status, irrespective of origin of disease or concomitant disease. Future studies will have to assess whether more physiological glucocorticoid replacement strategies in AI will ameliorate these impairments.

Your doctor could be suggesting a less than optimal HC replacement schedule for you. DO YOUR RESEARCH. PRINT INFORMATION OFF. QUESTION YOUR DOCTOR!

1: J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2007 Oct;92(10):3912-22.
Epub 2007 Aug 7.
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Impaired subjective health status in 256 patients with adrenal insufficiency on standard therapy based on cross-sectional analysis.

Endocrinology and Diabetes Unit, Department of Medicine I, University of Wuerzburg, Josef-Schneider-Strasse 2, D-97080 Wuerzburg, Germany.
BACKGROUND: There is mounting evidence that current replacement regimens fail to restore health-related subjective health status fully in patients with adrenal insufficiency (AI). Here we evaluated the subjective health status in primary and secondary AI and the effect of concomitant disease. METHODS: In a cross-sectional study, all AI patients registered with the University Hospital Wuerzburg (n = 148) or with the German Self-Help Network (n = 200) were contacted by mail. Underlying diagnoses and comorbidities were verified by review of medical records. Patients were asked to complete three validated self-assessment questionnaires [Short Form 36 (SF-36), Giessen Complaint List (GBB-24), Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS)]. Results were compared to sex- and age-matched controls drawn from the questionnaire-specific reference cohorts. RESULTS: We identified 348 patients, and 256 agreed to participate. Completed questionnaire sets were available from 210 patients [primary AI (n = 132), secondary AI (n = 78)]. Seven of eight SF-36 dimensions, all five GBB-24 scales, and the HADS anxiety score reflected significant impairment of subjective health status in both AI cohorts (all P < style="font-weight: bold;">Patients with AI on current standard replacement suffer from significantly impaired health-related subjective health status, irrespective of origin of disease or concomitant disease. Future studies will have to assess whether more physiological glucocorticoid replacement strategies in AI will ameliorate these impairments.
PMID: 17684047 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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