Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Adrenal Tumor Underlying Cause

Cortisol is a hormone that is produced by the adrenal gland.

The important functions of cortisol include:

  • Assisting the body in its response to stress
  • Carbohydrate and fat metabolism
  • Helping balance the effects of insulin in breaking down sugar for energy
  • Helping the immune system's response
  • Maintaining blood pressure
  • Regulation of protein

Causes of Cushing's syndrome include:

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Last Updated: Dec 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Adrenal Tumor References
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