Cushing syndrome

Hypercortisolism; Cortisol excess

Cushing syndrome is a disorder that occurs when your body has a high level of the hormone cortisol.

Endocrine glands

Endocrine glands release hormones (chemical messengers) into the bloodstream to be transported to various organs and tissues throughout the body. For instance, the pancreas secretes insulin, which allows the body to regulate levels of sugar in the blood. The thyroid gets instructions from the pituitary to secrete hormones which determine the pace of chemical activity in the body (the more hormone in the bloodstream, the faster the chemical activity; the less hormone, the slower the activity).

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When to Contact a Medical Professional

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