What is Cushing's Syndrome?
Cushing's syndrome is a hormonal disorder caused by prolonged exposure of the body's tissues to high levels of the hormone cortisol. Cushing's syndrome is relatively rare. It most commonly affects adults aged 20 to 50.
Cushing's syndrome is also called hypercortisolism.
What Are the Symptoms of Cushing's Syndrome?
The most common symptoms of Cushing's syndrome are:
What Causes Cushing's Syndrome?
Cushing's syndrome occurs when the body's tissues are exposed to excessive levels of cortisol for long periods of time.
Cushing's syndrome may be a result of prescribed glucocorticoid hormones. Glucocorticoid hormones are prescribed to treat asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other inflammatory diseases.
Other causes of Cushing's syndrome are:
Can Cushing's Syndrome be Treated?
Yes. Treatments for Cushing's syndrome are designed to return your body's cortisol production to normal. If left untreated, Cushing's syndrome can eventually lead to death.
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