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Dr. Janice Alexander
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Can Cushing's disease be treated?

Can Cushing's disease be treated?

Yes.: Cushing's disease results from overproduction of ACTH by a pituitary tumor. This can be removed by surgery. ...Read more

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Can a patient be treated for hypercortisolism even if they don't have full-blown cushing's syndrome?

Can a patient be treated for hypercortisolism even if they don't have full-blown cushing's syndrome?

The same thing: Cushing syndrome and hypercortisolism are essentially the same thing. Yes, therefore you do treat them both at the same time.
This is a trusted source to read: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/cushings-syndrome/ds00470. ...Read more

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Why does cushing's cause weight gain even though increased cortisol promotes lypolysis?

Why does cushing's cause weight gain even though increased cortisol promotes lypolysis?

Cortisol: Cortisol does a lot of things; it is not simply lipolytic, like epinephrine. It also stimulates lipogenesis and adipogenesis, especially in abdominal regions. It promotes muscle wasting. And then insulin resistance, diabetes, thin skin, etc. Cushings typically causes more of a redistribution of fat along with muscle wasting, giving the appearance of obesity, along with some weight gain. ...Read more

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Are people with cushing's syndrome ever prescribed antidepressants for the "losing my mind" feeling of hypercortisolism?

Are people with cushing's syndrome ever prescribed antidepressants for the "losing my mind" feeling of hypercortisolism?

Steroid depression: Yes, antidepressants are often used to treat the psychiatric manifestations of cushings syndrome. Most effective, however, is to cure the cushing's syndrome, usually with appropriate surgery. ...Read more

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Cushing Syndrome (rapid weight gain, moon face, etc). Why and how the syndrome affect the body? consumption of hydrocortisone of 20mg daily help?

Cushing Syndrome (rapid weight gain, moon face, etc). Why and how the syndrome affect the body? consumption of hydrocortisone of 20mg daily help?

Cushing syndrome: Corticosteroids such as hydrocortisone can cause Cushing syndrome, not make it better. Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cushing-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20032115. Then go see your family doc & tell him/her your concerns. This is not a do-it-yourself project, especially if you need steroids. ...Read more

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My lover has just been diagnosed with cushing’s syndrome. I am worried but she acts like it is not a problem. Who can tell me what it means?

My lover has just been diagnosed with cushing’s syndrome. I am worried but she acts like it is not a problem. Who can tell me what it means?

Too much cortisol: Cushing's syndrome means the body has too much cortisol in it. This can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis. It can be caused by medications like Prednisone (most common cause - doesn't need treatment, but should try to minimize steroid dose), or by a cortisol producing tumor (needs surgery) or a certain type of pituitary tumor (called cushing's disease - also needs surgery). ...Read more

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With cushing’s syndrome what are my treatment options?

With cushing’s syndrome what are my treatment options?

Many options: First, find out what's causing the cushing's syndrome. If it's due to overuse of steroids, cut down on the dose. If it's due to a tumor, surgery is the best treatment.Tumor in the pituitary can be removed by neurosurgeons, tumors in the adrenal, pancreas, lung can be removed by surgeons. Radiation therapy is used if surgery is not complete. Last but not least, medications can be used. ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments for cushing’s syndrome?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments for cushing’s syndrome?

Depends: The treatment options depend on the cause of the cushing's syndrome. If the cause is due to overuse of steroids, then the treatment is to lower the dose. This is the best case scenario. Other treatment options involve: surgery (pros: cure possible, cons: surgery +/- complications), radiation therapy (cons: side effects), medications (cons: usually not a cure, side effects from med)... ...Read more

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Who is at risk of cushing's disease?

Who is at risk of cushing's disease?

It is usually random: A very small number of families carry genes for men, type 1 (multiple endocrine neoplasia), that makes them more likely to have pituitary tumors, including the type that over-produces in acth and causes cushing's disease. But other than these families, everyone is at equal risk for this condition. ...Read more

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Is cushing's disease curable?

Is cushing's disease curable?

Sometimes: Cushing's disease can be cured by pituitary surgery: removing the small benign tumor causing the adrenal to overwork. However pituitary surgery is not 100% effective and some people may need to have the adrenal glands themselves removed. The options for curing cushing's syndrome depend on its cause, as there many potential causes, including cushing's disease. ...Read more

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Why is cushing's disease or syndrome fatal?

Why is cushing's disease or syndrome fatal?

Excess cortisol: Cushing's disease is excessive cortisol in the body from a pituitary tumor that leads to its secretion.Cushing's syndrome refers to the stigmata with excessive cortisol.This can be from the pituitary or administered by drs. Symptoms include hypertension, obesity, heart problems, sensitivity to infection. Cushing's disease/syndrome can be treated so it is not necessarily fatal, but it can be. ...Read more

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What should be the diet of a cushing patient?

What should be the diet of a cushing patient?

Cushing's: If you have been treated properly for Cushing's there should be little concern about what you eat.

That said, go on-line to "NuvVal" and get a good idea of what foods are good, not so good, or bad for you.

That should help you through concerns about your diet. ...Read more

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Could changes of face be caused by cushing's syndrome?

Could changes of face be caused by cushing's syndrome?

Yes: There are changes that appear in the face (and throughout the body) as a result of cushing's syndrome. Typically they are described as "moon facies" meaning the face takes a rounded appearance. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor treating your cushing's. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Do people with cushing's syndrome have constricted pupils?

Do people with cushing's syndrome have constricted pupils?

Not likely : Cushing's does not really cause miosis (pupil constriction). There are many causes, but prominent are many drugs (opiods, anti-psychotics, razadone). ...Read more

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Can osteoporosis be cured after cushing's disease is cured?

Can osteoporosis be cured after cushing's disease is cured?

May be: Potentially yes if osteoporosis is related to steroid toxicity from Cushing's disease. ...Read more

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What's a good website to learn all about cushing's syndrome?

What's a good website to learn all about cushing's syndrome?

Search HealthTap...: Search healthtap for doctors' answers to cushing syndrome (cushing's syndrome) questions, and also check the government information site: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000410.Htm. ...Read more

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Can osteoporosis be reversed after cushing's disease is cured?

Can osteoporosis be reversed after cushing's disease is cured?

Osteoporosis: There are a number of drugs that prevent further bone loss and some of them may increase your bone mass and strength.
Your doctor should already discussed with you. If that hasn't happened please contact your doctor again. If that does not satisfy you have your family or friends refer you to a better doctor. ...Read more

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Please explain about an abnormal condition called cushing's disease.

Please explain about an abnormal condition called cushing's disease.

Pituitary growth: Cushing's disease is a condition where the pituitary (tumor) is producing too much acth (adrenalcorticotropic hormone). This hormone stimulates your adrenal glands to produce extra cortisol (stress hormone) which in excess can cause a lot of metabolic problems. ...Read more

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I've been told that corticosteroids can cause cushing's disease. Is this true?

I've been told that corticosteroids can cause cushing's disease. Is this true?

Not exactly: Corticosteroid can cause cushing's syndrome but not cushing's disease. Cushing's syndrome is when you have too much steroids in your system which can happen if you take too much corticosteroid. Cushing's disease is caused by a tumor in the pituitary that causes the adrenal to produce too much cortisol (steroid). ...Read more

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Is there anything you can do about cushing's syndrome whilst on high dose pred?

Unfortunately...: Not much - best bet is to get off the high dose pred as soon as you can. Obviously, that's not always possible with certain pathologies. ...Read more

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What is the chance that a 29 yr old female has pituitary cushing's a third time?

What is the chance that a 29 yr old female has pituitary cushing's a third time?

Small but there: 12-15% of those with cushing's disease can have recurrences after initial surgery. After one recurrence the risk of having another increases somewhat. Even following surgery +/- radiation there is no guarantee that each cell of the adenoma is gone. Those left may grow into a new adenoma. Other treatments may be warranted. Access to a pituitary endocrinologist may be helpful. ...Read more

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What will a diagnosis of cushing's disease do to a child early in life (before 5yo?)

What will a diagnosis of cushing's disease do to a child early in life (before 5yo?)

Various things: Classic cushing's is extremely rare in children. They can have usual cushing's features plus stunted height. ...Read more