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Cushing's syndrome is a condition when the cortisol levels in the body becomes very high. Various symptoms of Cushing's syndrome are weight gain, obesity, fatty deposits around the neck and face and around the mid-section and loss of fat from the legs.
People who experience Cushing's disease will have hypertension, diabetes and anxiety attacks. They also experience thinning skin on their body resulting in frequent bruises. While women may develop facial hair and irregular periods, men experience erectile dysfunction, decreased infertility, and loss of sexual interest. Children become obese and have a slow growth rate.
Cortisol is a hormone that regulates many bodily functions. Any change in the hormone production will alter main functions like cardiovascular system, insulin balance, inflammatory response and even metabolism.
Those who experience any such symptoms of Cushing's syndrome should immediately consult a general physician. Doctors will suggest various types of tests to understand the cortisol levels in the body and if required will direct you to a specialist.
People who are under medication for conditions like asthma, arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease can experience Cushing's syndrome and should talk to their general physician about the symptoms. Orally ingested corticosteroids and injectable corticosteroids can also cause Cushing's disease.
Prompt diagnosis and treatment are necessary to prevent further damage to the body.