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Who is at risk for Cushing's?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 21, 2016 2:51:34 PM / by Winter Ninivaggi


Are you at risk for Cushing's?

Cushing's is a disease that occurs from high levels of cortisol and/or glucocorticoid in the blood that results in negative health outcomes. Although treatable, it can last for years.

Some of the symptoms associated with Cushing's are excess sweating, excessive hairiness, excessive hunger, fatigue, flushing, high blood pressure, an abnormal pad of fat between the shoulder blades, acne, darkening of the skin, stretch marks, anxiety, depression, easy bruising, hair loss, headache, infertility, insomnia, irritability, pot belly, round face from gradual swelling, swelling in extremities, and or weight gain.

Signs are a fatty hump between the shoulders, a rounded face, and pink or purple stretch marks.
 A group of researchers studied the risk of Cushing's in different populations. A new method has been developed to assess specific populations for cushing's syndrome due to these studies.

Cushing's syndrome is complex and difficult to diagnose. This provides the necessity of assessing at risk populations in order to lower the rates of this disorder. Populations at higher risk for developing Cushing's include those with Type II diabetes, hypertension, and osteoporosis.

Diagnosis of CS might pose a challenge for even the most experienced endocrinologists.The researchers used clinical methods including inspection of physical characteristics such as muscle atrophy, purple striae, and/or facial plethora. Biochemical methods included collecting saliva and blood samples from participants to test cortisol levels using a chemiluminescence method.

An equation has been developed to determine the risk level a patient has for developing the syndrome. It takes factors such as osteoporosis, dorsocervical fat pads, muscular atrophy, and LNSC levels into account.

We specialize in the reversal of chronic conditions that cause endocrine issues. Cushing's can be treated through diet, ozone therapy and focused inflammation reduction. We have specialized medicines for Type II diabetes, hypertension and osteoporosis along with I.V. Ozone therapies. Many standard pharmaceutical medications can cause Cushing's if you have the right gene mutations and voila then you have the perfect storm that creates Cushing's. We help you to connect the dots between your physiology and your genomics.

Call us if you have Cushing's syndrome. We can partner with your endocrinologist to create the perfect fullproof protocol to get your health back. Your endocrinologist might just learn a thing or two from us.

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Winter Ninivaggi

Written by Winter Ninivaggi

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