Do you know someone with Addison’s Disease?
You’re not alone. One in 100 people has this autoimmune disease where the body starts attacking its own adrenal glands, causing them to produce too little of two hormones:
This can lead to fatigue, weight loss and muscle weakness among other symptoms.
Those with Addison’s Disease should make sure they are eating healthy snacks that will support their health needs! Some helpful foods include fruits like blueberries or apples; vegetables such as spinach or broccoli; nuts like almonds or walnuts; grains such as quinoa or oatmeal; seeds such as pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds; legumes like lentils or chickpeas; dairy items including yoghurt and cheese; and whole grains such as brown rice or quinoa.
In the hospital setting, we often recommend patients with Addison’s Disease to focus on foods like dry fruits, nuts and seeds for snacks; cheese sticks/crackers (usually gluten-free); yoghurt in small amounts as it is high in protein; dairy items including eggs or milk which are also good sources of protein; fresh vegetables- raw broccoli cut into thin strips could be dipped into hummus for example..and many more healthy snack ideas! We find that eating a balanced diet can help those with Addison’s disease manage their symptoms while getting back to enjoying life to its fullest.