Cortisol has many important functions in the body. It helps to control blood sugar levels and blood pressure and has a key role in maintaining normal metabolism.1 However, too much cortisol can cause harmful effects.
Endogenous Cushing’s syndrome can be caused by the overproduction of cortisol due to tumours in the pituitary and adrenal glands.2 However exogenous Cushing's syndrome is a side effect of taking steroids in high doses for a long time.
If you are a patient, please contact your physician for more information.
If you are a healthcare professional from the EU, you can find further information on the treatment guidelines for Cushing’s syndrome here.
Pituitary Network Association
have created a site full of useful information on Cushing’s syndrome.
Additional information on Cushing’s syndrome could be found on www.cushingsyndrome.org.
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3. Valassi E et al. Eur J Endocrinol. 2011;165:383–392
4. Daniel E et al. Eur J Endocrinol. 2015;172:263–280
5. Nieman LK et al. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2015;100:2807–2831