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Cushing’s Syndrome

Cushing’s syndrome consists of the physical and mental changes that result from having too much cortisol in the blood for a long period of time. Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands, located above the kidneys. In normal amounts, cortisol helps the body:

• respond to stress
• maintain blood pressure and cardiovascular function
• keep the immune system in check
• convert fat, carbohydrates, and proteins into energy

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The Hormone Foundation

Dr. Lysette Iglesias M.D.

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