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Health Tip: Cushing's Syndrome is a Hormonal Condition

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Health Tip: Cushing's Syndrome is a Hormonal Condition


05.26.06, 12:00 AM ET


(HealthDay News) -- Cushing's syndrome affects as many as 15 million people each year, typically between the ages of 20 and 50. It occurs when the body's tissues have been exposed for an extended period to too much of a hormone called cortisol.


According to the U.S. Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service, people with Cushing's often gain weight in the upper body, and have an abundance of fat around the neck, a round face, and thin arms and legs. Cushing's also leads to weakened bones and thin skin, which may bruise easily.


Treatment options include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or a medication regimen that prevents production of cortisol, the NIDDK says. If medications taken for other conditions are causing Cushing's, your doctor may adjust the dosage to control both problems.

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