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I was diagnosed with Addison's disease and the doctors put me on a potassium diuretic. I love to work out but vigorous workouts create more potassium. Is there an exercise that is good to do and what are bad exercises?

Well I have some good news and some bad news — there are no good exercises or bad exercises for you. As an exerciser with Addison’s disease, it’s really all about taking small steps towards your larger fitness goals.

Tracking your exercise mode, intensity (HR), time, and other statistics, along with taking a few notes as to how you feel after certain amounts of exercise will help you make progress in a calculated manner.

Weight bearing activities such as walking, jogging, running are great forms of cardio to help prevent osteoporosis, which you may be at increased risk for because of medication (steroids).

To make up for increased sweating and to ensure proper hydration and mineral balance, you need to increase your water intake and your sodium intake in order to balance things out. Stay away from sports drinks that have added potassium.

Lastly, consult with your endocrinologist to see if he or she recommends taking a small additional dose of medication prior to or during exercise. He or she may also recommend different doses all together knowing that you are exercising regularly.

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