Stress does follow us from birth, we live with it and when it is moderate, it gives us momentum in our daily lives. Excessive stress, on the other hand, disturbs the balance in the body, and even when it is permanent, it unintentionally causes numerous serious complications.
It also causes Cushing’s syndrome. Make sure you have it too!?
In real life, it looks like this: in the first minutes of a stressful situation, the brain instructs the glands to increase the release of stress hormone cortisol, which circulates through the bloodstream throughout the body.
Due to the increased stress the organs redistribute the energy for a great deal of physical and mental effort, for example the liver produces excess glucose, blood pressure increases…
When the danger passes, the cortisol secretion normalizes and the body recovers. However, when under constant stress, cortisol is secreted for a longer period of time.
Under normal circumstances, cortisol is excreted during the day in a certain order: the highest level of cortisol is in the morning at eight o’clock, its level gradually decreases during the day, and the lowest is in the evening and around midnight.
When it is permanently excreted excessively, problems with multiple organs arise, and when changes affect virtually all organs, it is a multisystemic disease called Cushing’s syndrome.
The symptoms of Cushing’s syndrome are numerous and result from exposure to all tissues at high concentrations of corticosteroids.
FIRST SYMPTOMS OF THIS SYNDROME
– unexplained obesity in the abdomen and neck area
– bloating of the person
– skin problems such as redness, hyperpigmentation, increased hair
– muscle weakness
– emotional distress
The disease usually begins insidiously and unnoticeably, most often it is unexplained obesity, fatty deposits build up on the abdomen and neck, while the limbs are strikingly thin.
Other symptoms are: fatigue, bloating of the face, skin problems such as redness, hyperpigmentation, increased hair and abnormal growth of hair on the body and face, especially in women, then slow healing, violet stretch marks, acne.
Muscle weakness, elevated blood pressure and elevated blood sugar levels, depression, anxiety, irregular menstruation and fertility problems, decreased sexual desire, decreased bone density and increased risk of fractures are also present. Further on, cardiovascular complications, myocardial infarction, stroke can occur.
This syndrome is more common in women and is present primarily in young people.
However, to make an accurate diagnosis, complete blood and urine tests, functional tests that prove chronically elevated cortisol levels, as well as additional tests are needed.
Treating Cushing’s syndrome involves surgically removing the source of excessive secretion of corticosteroids if it is a change of pituitary gland or clogs that will prevent excessive secretion of cortisol.