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The Ins and Outs of Cushing's Syndrome

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Sometimes referred to as hypercortisolism, Cushing’s syndrome is a hormonal disorder. It is, basically, an abnormally or dangerously high levels of the hormone cortisol. Even though it is rare, it can show itself in adults 20 - 50 years in age who also have obesity and type II diabetes.

Signs and symptoms of Cushing’s syndrome vary, but most people, including the less-frequently-diagnosed children with this disorder, appear to have similar physical characteristics. These include slender arms and legs but a great deal of upper body obesity, including a lot of fat around the neck. Some children with this disorder have slowed growth rates.

There are also signs which can manifest on one's skin, including purplish stretch marks, thinning or fragile skin, and/or a tendency to bruise easily.

Sexual function in men is sometimes reduced, fertility can be affected in both men and women and, in some cases, a woman's menstruation will become irregular. Facial hair for women may begin to present a problem and, for both men and women, fatigue and vulnerability to injury is common.

Other common signs and symptoms include:
high blood pressure
high blood glucose
severe fatigue
weak muscles
increased thirst and urination
irritability, anxiety, or depression
a fatty hump between the shoulders

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