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How should I take care of myself if I have Cushing's syndrome?

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Cushing's syndrome is when your body has too much stress hormone cortisol.

Eating well is an important part of living with Cushing's. A healthy diet can ease some symptoms and prevent others. Protect your bones by eating foods with calcium and vitamin D. Limit how much sodium and fatty foods you eat.

Let your family and friends know what you're going through. Ask for their support, and let them know how they can help.

Take time for the people and activities you enjoy. It's OK to say no and set limits, so you keep your energy up. If you're feeling overwhelmed, talk to a counselor or therapist.

SOURCES:

Massachusetts General Hospital: "Cushing's Syndrome."

Medscape: "Cushing Syndrome."

National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Services: "Cushing's Disease."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Cushing's Syndrome Information Page."

Urology Care Foundation: "Cushing's Syndrome."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on November 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Massachusetts General Hospital: "Cushing's Syndrome."

Medscape: "Cushing Syndrome."

National Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases Information Services: "Cushing's Disease."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Cushing's Syndrome Information Page."

Urology Care Foundation: "Cushing's Syndrome."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on November 14, 2018

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