Cushing's syndrome is a hormonal condition caused due to excessive levels of cortisol in the body. It can have severe and widespread effects on the body. Cushing ’s syndrome often results from using medications that lead to high levels of cortisol in the body; but there may be some other causes such as a benign or cancerous tumor.
Cushing’s syndrome occurs when there is an abnormal production of cortisol hormone in the body. Chronic exposure to excess glucocorticoid levels results in the signs and symptoms of this disease. Due to the occurrence of comorbidities, Cushing’s syndrome is associated with increased mortality and impaired quality of life. There are many complications associated with Cushing’s syndrome such as metabolic syndrome, musculoskeletal disorders, cardiovascular disorders, skin-related disorders, etc.
Treatments for Cushing syndrome include removing the tumor, reducing its ability to make ACTH or to remove the adrenal glands entirely. Most people with Cushing syndrome suffer from symptoms of anxiety and depression. A nutrient-dense and unprocessed diet can help patients with Cushing syndrome to prevent complications and ease symptoms by balancing hormones naturally.
Ectopic Cushing syndrome is caused by an ACTH-secreting tumor outside the pituitary or adrenal glands. Cushing's syndrome is the result of overproduction of glucocorticoid hormones secreted over a long period of time. It has been found that almost 15% of Cushing's syndrome cases are due to ectopic Cushing's syndrome.