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By Lahle Wolfe

Chart created by Lahle Wolfe; article was complied and edited by Lahle Wolfe from NIH Publication No. 02–3007, June 2002 which was edited and expanded to include more information.

Additional sources:

Cushing's Syndrome: Facts you need to know

Mayo Clinic


Fast Links to Disorders Often Associated with
Diabetes

Addison's Disease
Asthma and Allergies
Celiac Disease (Sprue)
Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
Cystic Fibrosis 
Eating Disorders
Fibromyalgia Syndrome
Frozen Shoulder
Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
Hemochromatosis
  (Iron Overload)
Infertility
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Polycystic Ovarian 
    
Syndrome 
Weight Gain
Weight Loss


Fast Click to Problems Associated with
Diabetes

Acanthosis Nigricans (AN)
Acne
Alopecia Areata (AA)
Gum Disease
Hirsutism
Honeymooning
Skin Tags
Yeast Infections


Information Links about Cushing's Syndrome and Cushing's Disease

On Cushings Syndrome - Patient.UK

On Cushing's Syndrome Laboratorial Diagnosis - MedStudents (BR)

Cushing's Syndrome and Disease [DM Cook]

Using Salivary Cortisol to Screen for Cushing's Syndrome [H Raff] - The Pituitary Society (US)

Cushing's Support & Research Foundation - (US)

Cushing's syndrome [Randeva and Bouloux] - StudentBMJ

Cushings-Help.com

A 27-year-old woman with depression and hirsuitism [tutorial case] - Tulane Univ.


For More Information

Cushing's Support and Research Foundation, Inc.
65 East India Row 22B
Boston, Massachusetts 02110
617–723–3824 or 617–723–3674
Louise L. Pace, Founder and President
www.CSRF.net

Pituitary Network Association
P.O. Box 1958
Thousand Oaks, CA 91358
805–499–9973
Fax: 805–480–0633
http://www.pituitary.org
Email: pna@pituitary.org

Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Service
6 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892–3569
Phone: 1–888–828–0904
Fax: 1–703–738–4929
Email


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Cushing's Syndrome (also called "hypercortisolism")
The effects of cortisol in the body and Cushing's symptoms comparison chart


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The Effects of Cortisol in the Body
Cushing's, Diabetes, and PCOS symptoms compared (chart)
Support for Persons with Cushing's Syndrome  

The Effects of Cortisol in the Body

Too much cortisol can result in:

  • weight gain in the face, chest and abdomen with weight loss in the legs and arms
  • muscle weakness
  • thinning of the skin with increased bruising and poor wound healing
  • type 1 diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • immune suppression with increased infections
  • osteoporosis
  • Cushing's syndrome

Too little cortisol results in:

  • tiredness and lethargy
  • nausea and vomiting
  • low blood pressure, especially on standing when faintness may occur
  • low blood sugar
  • in its extreme form, shock and coma may occur
  • Addison’s disease, where  darkening of the skin pigmenation may accompany or precede the above changes.  


Comparison of Symptoms Between 
Cushing's Syndrome, Diabetes, and PCOS

Symptom

Cushing's Syndrome

Diabetes

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Weight gain, especially around midsection, often rapid weight gain

Yes

Yes, Type 2

Yes

Severe fatigue

Yes

Yes

Yes

Muscle fatigue

Yes

Yes

Possible

Facial flushing

Yes

No

No

Rounding of face ("moon face")

Yes

No

No

Fatty pad between shoulders on back ("buffalo hump")

Yes

No

No

Thinning of arms and legs

Yes

No

No

Pink or purple stretch marks on the skin of your abdomen, thighs, breasts and arms

Yes

Yes, when there is weight gain

Yes, when there is weight gain

Thin and fragile skin that bruises easily

Yes

Possible

Possible

Slow healing of cuts, insect bites and infections

Yes

Yes

Possible

Depression, anxiety and irritability

Yes

Yes

Yes

Thicker or more visible body hair (hirsutism)

Yes

Possible

Yes

Acne

Yes

Possible

Yes

Irregular or stopped menstrual periods in females

Yes

Possible

Yes

Multiple ovarian cysts

No

No

Yes

Erectile dysfunction in males

Yes

Yes

N/A

High blood pressure

Yes

Yes

Yes

High cholesterol and/or triglycerdie levels

Yes

Yes

Yes

Insulin Resistance

Yes

Yes, type 2

Often

Backaches, especially when bending or lifting

Yes

No

No

Slow growth rate in children

Yes

Yes, type 1

No

Celiac disease may also be present

No

Yes, type 1

No

High levels of cortisol

Yes

No

No

Elevated levels of estrogen or testosterone

No

Possible, type 2 diabetes

Yes

Female viralizaton

No

No

Yes

Diabetes may also be present

Type 1 diabetes can result when untreated

N/A

Yes, more often type 2 diabetes but also type 1

Hypothyroid disorders may also be present

Rare

Yes

Yes

Bone Loss

Yes

Occassionally

Occassionally

Kidney stones

Complication

No

No

Damaged peripheral vision (in Cushing's disease)

Complication

No

No

Affects persons of all ages (child through adult)

Yes

Yes

No, onset rarely prior to puberty

Affects both men and women

Yes

Yes

No

May have some hereditary association (others in family may have disorder, or associated disorder)

Rarely

Yes

Yes

Chart by Lahle Wolfe, for permission to resuse this informate email Editor@isletsofhope.com

Chart Notes:  The above symptoms are not intended as a diagnostic tool.  Only your doctor can diagnose a disorder, syndrome or disease.  The above list is not intended to be all-inclusive.


Support for Persons with Cushing's Syndrome

Cushings Help - This site provides information and international support for persons with Cushings, and their family and loved ones. Hosts message boards, chart rooms, pen pals, phone support network, and advocacy.  Founded by a woman with Cushing's Syndrome, the site also lists Cushing support meetings throughout the country.

Cushing's Help
13222 Point Pleasant Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22033-3515
Phone:  1-877-825-0128
FAX: 703-378-8517
E-mail:
CushingsSupport@aol.com

Pituitary Tumors Guest Book - Provided through Massachusetts General Hospital, this "bulletin board" style guest book is for patients, family and friends. The three different sections on this site focus on acromegaly, pituitary tumors, and Cushing's Disease.

Cushing's Support and Research Foundation, Inc., International - Provides information and support to patients with Cushing's. Newsletter and networking, so patients can contact others with Cushing's.

Cushing's Support and Research Fdn.
65 East India Row 22B
Boston, MA 02110
E-Mail:
cushinfo@csrf.net

International Patient Organizations

Netzwerk Hypophysen- und Nebennierenerkrankungen e.V.
German Pitiutary and Adrenal Network
All pituitary and adrenal diseases
Waldstraße 34
91054 Erlangen, Germany
Contact:
netzwerk@glandula-online.de
Internet:
www.glandula-online.de

Tel: +49 (0) 9131-815046
Fax: +49 (0) 9131-815047

Australian Pituitary Foundation Ltd (APF)
All pituitary diseases
PO Box 4792
North Rocks, NSW, Australia, 2151
Website:
www.pituitary.asn.au
Contact:
pituitary@bigpond.com

The Pituitary Foundation (PITPAT)
Cushing's, Acromegaly, Prolactinoma, Diabetes insipidus, Craniopharyngiomas, Kallmann's Syndrome, Hypogonadism, Hypopituitarism, Adult Growth Hormone Replacement
P.O. Box 1944
Bristol
BS99 2UB, UK
Website:
www.pituitary.org.uk
Contact:
helpline@pituitary.org.uk

Support group Brazil
Cushing syndrome
116 Cristiano Viana ST/ Suite 102
Jardim América
São Paulo - SP 05411-000 BRAZIL
Website: not availible
Contact: Mrs. Lillan Yumi Hamada Dazio,
lyhd@terra.com.br

Cushing group Honduras
Active for: Cushing diseases for a microadenoma in the pituitary gland
Mrs. Diana Valladares
Lomas de Jacaleapa Bloque o Casa #3 Tegucigalpa,
Honduras Centro America
Website: n/a
Tel. no. : 504-230-40-72
Faxno. : n/a
Contact: Mario Cerrato,
mcerrato@proyectopaar.org, or mario@alooo.com


Information on Cushing's Syndrome and Cushing's Disease

What is Cushing's Syndrome?
What are the symptoms?
What causes Cushing's syndrome?
How is Cushing's syndrome diagnosed?
How is Cushing's syndrome treated?
What research is being done on Cushing's syndrome?  

 

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