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Cushing’s Help and Support with Mary O. Mary’s site is amazing. She keeps us current in everything Cushing’s. www.cushings-help.com.
Jenifer Williams’s website offers a thorough overview of medical facts about Cushing’s disease specifically related to pituitary tumors. I highly recommend it.
– The Seven Dwarfs of Cushing’s
– The Many Faces of Cushing’s
– Cushing’s Support Group
– Cushing’s Syndrome and Disease Support
– Cushing’s Disease Support
-Cushing’s Recovery – Don’t Stop Believing
What is Cushing’s and Adrenal Insufficiency/Addison’s?
Cushing’s disease occurs when a benign tumor in the pituitary or adrenal glands produce the adrenocortropic (ACTH) hormone which stimulates the adrenal gland to produce too much cortisol. It can also be a result of prolonged use of steroids.
Addison’s disease or adrenal insufficiency is also an endocrine disorder that results in the adrenal glands not producing enough cortisol and aldosterone.
Cortisol regulates the body’s use of protein, carbohydrates, and fat. It maintains blood pressure, cardiovascular function, controls inflammation and copes with stress.
Aldosterone helps the kidney regulate salt and water throughout the body. When aldosterone levels suddenly decrease the kidneys cannot keep the body’s salt and water content balanced resulting in a sharp drop in blood pressure.
FACT: Cortisol regulates the bodies use of protein, carbohydrates and fat.
In other words, cortisol has a direct link to our foods. When the cortisol is out of whack it is not doing its job. I have learned from the Live Blood Cell Test that my body had bad bacteria, fungus and inflammation. My doctor said this resulted from too much starch in my diet and I was put on a low starch diet. But I have since learned it needed to be a NO starch diet. This is my conclusion from the bloodwork results. My doctor did not put me on this NO starch diet. I don’t know if this will have any adverse effects on my health, I can only go by the way I feel, and I feel better while on it. Remember I’m not a doctor so check with your doctor before beginning it.