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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Ankeny)

1055 Southwest Oralabor Road
Ankeny, IA 50023

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Jordan Creek)

180 Jordan Creek Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Waukee)

950 E Hickman Rd
Waukee, IA 50263

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UnityPoint Clinic Behavioral Health Urgent Care - Des Moines

1250 East 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50316

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th Street Southwest
Altoona, IA 50009

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ankeny Medical Park

3625 North Ankeny Boulevard
Ankeny, IA 50023

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 Southeast 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50320

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Urbandale

5200 NW 100th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322

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Adrenal Insufficiency

Everybody has two adrenal glands that sit on top of the kidneys and make different hormones that help keep his/her body working right. The adrenal gland responds to messages from the brain about how much hormone (cortisol and aldosterone) to produce. If the adrenal gland is not working right, the messages from the brain will continue to increase. Cortisol helps the body respond to illness and injury which also helps control blood pressure and blood sugar in the body. Aldosterone helps control the body’s salt and water level in the body, which helps control blood pressure. 

There are different types of adrenal insufficiency based on what is causing the adrenal gland to malfunction. To diagnose adrenal insufficiency, your provider will draw labs to measure hormones and electrolytes in the body. Symptoms you may see at home include: weight gain, fatigue, low blood pressure, and salt cravings. 

The treatment of adrenal insufficiency is based on what hormones are lacking in the body and what is causing the problem. Most patients will need to take cortisol to replace what the adrenal gland cannot produce. If you have concerns that your child may have adrenal insufficiency, talk to your child’s primary care provider. 

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