Cushing syndrome is a rare condition which develops when cortisol levels in the human body are higher than normal. Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands, and has an important role in the human body. Cortisol allows normal response to stressful situations and affects almost all tissue. This hormone is produced in bursts, mostly in the morning and just a little in the evening.
Cushing syndrome is more common among females than males. It usually occurs in women between the ages of 20 and 40 years old.
Common causes of Cushing syndrome include: a pituitary gland tumor, familial Cushing syndrome, an ectopic ACTH-secreting tumor, or a primary adrenal gland disease. What are the symptoms of Cushing syndrome? Let’s have a look!
Cushing Syndrome Symptom #1: Weight Gain
Significant weight gain over a short period of time is a tell-tale sign of Cushing syndrome, even though there are no drastic changes in the lifestyle. One important thing to notice when it comes to rapid weight gain because of Cushing disease is that this fat is located on specific body parts.
In general, the fat is accumulated in the abdomen and torso, including the neck area, face, midline, and upper back. On the other hand, the upper and lower extremities are not affected, and sometimes they may even become thinner.