Cushing syndrome, also referred to as hypercortisolism, is a disorder that occurs when too much cortisol is produced in the body over a long period of time. It can happen for a variety of reasons though some of the most common causes are typically the use of oral corticosteroid medication or when your body simply makes too much cortisol itself [1].

See also: Stressed out? The Dangers of High Cortisol and Stress


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Cushing syndrome symptoms


The signs and symptoms of Cushing syndrome can vary depending on the person as well as how high the levels of cortisol actually are [2]. With that in mind, there are some common indicators to be aware of, these include:

  • Weight gain
  • Fragile skin
  • A ‘buffalo hump’ between the shoulders
  • Slow healing of cuts, bites or infections
  • Acne
  • Severe fatigue
  • Muscle weakness

Cushing syndrome causes


Two of the most common causes of Cushing syndrome are the long-term use of oral corticosteroid medication and your body's own overproduction of the hormone - this overproduction typically occurs as a result of certain types of tumors, these include [3]:

  • Pituitary gland tumor
  • ACTH-secreting tumor
  • Adrenal tumors

If you are experiencing signs or symptoms of Cushing syndrome, it’s important to know more. This can be done by taking a trip to the doctor or from home with an at-home lab test.

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You should consider taking the test if:

  • You constantly feel run down
  • You are body-building competitively
  • You are presenting with symptoms of Cushing syndrome
  • You have Cushing syndrome
  • You are presenting with symptoms of Addison's disease
  • You have Addison's disease
  • You take or have been taking testosterone

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References


  1. Mayo Clinic. Cushing Syndrome. Online: Mayoclinic.org, 2019
  2. Mayo Clinic. Cushing Syndrome. Online: Mayoclinic.org, 2019
  3. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease. Cushing’s Syndrome. Online: Niddk.nih.gov, 2018