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Are you affected by Addison’s disease?

22 August 2017

The next meeting of the Addison’s North East Essex Support Group will take place in Colchester early next month.

Endocrine clinic nurse Angela Barron will give advice and information about the benefits of healthy eating and keeping active for people with Addison’s disease.

The meeting on Tuesday 5 September will be held in Training Rooms South, which are located near the Main Entrance of Colchester General Hospital, beginning at 6pm. It is expected to last about two hours.

Described as “informal”, it is open to anyone whose life is affected by Addison’s, whether as someone with the disease or as a family member, friend or carer. Free tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

The Addison’s North East Essex Support Group is a self-help group that was set up last year.

About 15,000 people in the UK have the condition (also known as primary adrenal insufficiency or hypoadrenalism), which is a rare disorder of the adrenal glands. They include an estimated 300 people in north east Essex.

The disease can affect people of any age, although it is most common between the ages of 30 and 50. It is also more common in women than men.

* Anyone wanting more information about the meeting should contact Angela Barron. Tel 01255 201622; email: angela.barron@colchesterhospital.nhs.uk