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Cushing’s syndrome can often be cured. But it can lead to serious health problems, including death. So it’s important to start treatment right away.

If steroid medicine is causing Cushing's syndrome, your doctor will help you lower your dose or gradually stop taking it. It may take a while for the symptoms to go away.

It’s very dangerous to stop taking steroid medicine on your own. Your doctor will help you change your medicine or lower your dose slowly.

If a tumor is causing Cushing’s syndrome, you will need surgery to remove it. If surgery doesn't work, radiation or drugs may be used.

When you have Cushing’s syndrome, it’s very important to control your weight and keep your bones and muscles strong. This will help prevent diabetes, bone loss, and high blood pressure. Eating healthy foods and staying active can help you do this.

It’s also important to have regular checkups to look for other problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis.

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Last Updated: March 30, 2010
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