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Calories Burned During and After Cushing’s – Endo 2016

Question: Dr. Nieman, you investigated how many calories patients with Cushing’s syndrome burn during active disease and after successful treatment. What did you discover?  Answer: We wanted to study why some patients with Cushing’s syndrome gain weight despite exercising and trying to eat a healthy diet. We suspected that patients with active Cushing’s syndrome burnContinue Reading

Cushing’s Patient Survey on Weight Loss

Question: Has anyone ever done a survey of Cushing’s patients regarding weight loss? Answer: Yes, in 2008, the CSRF did a survey of our members and asked some weight related questions. About 100 members responded and we gained the following information: The average weight gain was 55 lbs. Only 16% reported gaining less than 25Continue Reading

Diet and Exercise During Cushing’s

Question: While my cortisol levels are still high, is there anything I can do with my diet or exercise to keep my weight from increasing and loosing more strength? Is protein intake important? Answer: With excessive cortisol levels, diet and exercise are important to keep from gaining weight and losing more muscle strength. A nutritiousContinue Reading

Gastric Bypass Surgery after Cushing’s

Question: I’m 40 years old and had a bilateral adrenalectomy 2 years ago, thus am on 20mg/day Cortef replacement. I feel alot better, but have not been able to lose the weight. Since I am considered obese, my doctor is now talking about gastric bypass surgery. I was wondering if anyone has any experience withContinue Reading

Growth Hormone and Weight Loss

Question: Will my weight automatically return to normal after my Cortisol levels are normal? How quickly will this happen and will I need to diet? Also, I have heard that when most of the pituitary is removed, growth hormone replacement may be required before I can lose weight. Answer: These are good questions. Your weightContinue Reading


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