Addison’s Disease

Addison’s disease can result from deficiency in the secretion of adrenicortical hormones (e.g., cortisol, cortisone, corticosterone, aldosterone).  This condition may be caused by progressive destruction of the adrenal gland.  [See also “Adrenal Exhaustion”.] See also the chapter, “Adrenal Exhaustion”, in … Continue reading

Heart, Enlarged

Athletes can develop an enlarged heart as a result of prolonged physical training that makes the heart stronger and healthier.  However, a heart that becomes enlarged in a sedentary person is a symptom of beri beri, an advanced thiamine (vitamin … Continue reading

Triglycerides, Elevated

Most stored body fat is in the form of triglycerides (triacylglycerols), which represent a highly concentrated form of energy.  Most dietary fat is also triglycerides.  But the body also makes triglycerides in the liver from carbohydrates.  And the fastest, surest way … Continue reading