Aldosterone is a major mineralocorticoid. Mineralocorticoids are defined as a class of corticosteroids, which in return are a class of steroid hormones. Mineralocorticoids are produced and secreted in the adrenal cortex and influence salt and water balances (electrolyte balance and fluid balance). The primary mineralocorticoid is aldosterone.
- Glucocorticoids (e.g. cortisol) and mineralocorticoids (e.g. aldosterone) are two corticoids which help in the metabolism of carbohydrates and regulation of electrolytes in our body
- Autoimmune adrenalitis results from the destruction of the adrenal cortex, which leads to deficiencies in glucocorticoids, mineralocorticoids, and adrenal androgens.