What is the outlook for people with acromegaly?
Outcomes for people with acromegaly depend on how severe the disease is and how effectively therapies treat the symptoms. Many people see a significant improvement in symptoms after treatment.
If it is not treated, acromegaly can cause disabling and disfiguring symptoms. These symptoms can greatly affect the person’s self-image and quality of life. Support groups help some people deal with the challenges they face because of acromegaly.
Health complications such as heart disease or Type 2 diabetes can also decrease quality of life and even shorten the lifespan. In the most severe cases, these complications can cause life-changing effects.