What is Cushing's Syndrome?

Persons exposed to abnormally high levels of cortisol over time develop a syndrome known as Cushing's Syndrome. This condition generally affects adults, and approximately 10-15 per million persons will develop this condition each year. Signs and symptoms of Cushing's Syndrome include:

  • elevated blood pressure
  • development of diabetes
  • pink-to-purple stretch marks on the abdominal skin
  • fatigue
  • depression
  • moodiness
  • accentuated fatty tissue on the face and upper back.

Women with Cushing's Syndrome often have irregular menstrual periods and develop new facial hair growth. Men may show a decrease in sex drive.

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