Cushing's Syndrome 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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