Treatment of symptoms and risks of CAH are different in children versus in adults, and the main tool currently available for CAH management is the replacement of cortisol produced from synthetic sources.
Lifelong steroid treatment can have significant side effects, including metabolic and bone disease, obesity, psychiatric effects, and effects on the cardiovascular and immune systems. Additionally, these treatments often fail to control excess androgen levels, leaving many symptoms of the disease un-managed. Lastly, steroid supplementation does not recreate the normal daily rhythm of hormone production, which can lead to fatigue and sleep irregularities.
To learn more about CAH, please visit our partners at Adrenal Insufficiency United, the CARES Foundation, the Magic Foundation, and CAH is US.