Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Cushing's Syndrome Home Care

Home care for Cushing's syndrome includes:

  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.
  • Measure your weight every day:
    • Keep a log of your results.
  • Eat potassium rich foods.
  • Increase your level of activity slowly.
  • Follow an exercise plan developed with your doctor.
  • Eat a nutritious diet:
  • Let your doctor know if you are suffering from new or worsening depression.
  • If you have high blood pressure:
    • Learn how to take your blood pressure.
    • Check your blood pressure every day.
    • Keep a log of your results.

Cushing's Syndrome Diet

It is important to follow a healthy diet if you have Cushing's syndrome.

Strategies for a healthy diet include:

Key Dietary Recommendations for Chronic Disease Prevention
Energy (calories)to maintain BMI < 25
Total fats< or = to 30% of total daily calories
Saturated fats< 7% of total daily calories
Polyunsaturated fats< 10% of total daily calories
Monounsaturated fats< 13% of total daily calories
Cholesterol< or = to 300 mg per day
Dietary fiber25-30 grams per day
Fiber type3:1 insoluble to soluble fiber
Sodium< or = to 1,500 mg per day
Calcium 9-24 yrs1,200-1,500 mg per day
Calcium 25-50 yrs1,000 mg per day
Calcium 51-65 yrs1,200 mg per day
Calcium >65 yrs1,500 mg per day
Vitamin D 9-50 yrs200 IU per day
Vitamin D 51-70 yrs400 IU per day
Vitamin D >70 yrs600 IU per day
Folic acid400 micrograms (ug) per day
Fruits & vegetables5-7 servings per day
Alcohol (men)< or = to 2 drinks per day
Alcohol (women)< or = to 1 drink per day

Cushing's Syndrome Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have Cushing's syndrome and any of the following:

Continue to Cushing's Syndrome Complications

Last Updated: Feb 15, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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