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Cushing’s and Blood Sugar – What’s the Connection?

I am writing this article from two perspectives- as a Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) and as a person who has successfully recovered, hopefully forever, from Cushing’s disease (pituitary surgery May 2018).  It has been estimated that about 70% of people with Cushing’s have some type of impairment with blood sugar (glucose) according toContinue Reading

Hypopituitarism and Pregnancy

Dr. John Carmichael and Leslie Edwin Dr. John Carmichael, Co-Director of the USC Pituitary Center at the Keck School of Medicine, gave a presentation on hypopituitarism and pregnancy at the 2019 American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists conference in April.  We hear from patients who are concerned about their chances of becoming pregnant after treatment forContinue Reading

Health-Related Quality-of-Life (HRQoL) in Cushing’s Syndrome (CS)

Adham Khalafallah, MD Nicholas Rowan, MD Debraj “Raj” Mukherjee, MD, MPH Cushing’s syndrome (CS) is a rare endocrine disorder caused by chronic exposure to excess cortisol, with an annual incidence of 10 –15 cases per million.1 CS manifests with many physical problems, including central obesity, hypertension,  hirsutism, muscle weakness, gonadal dysfunction, and hyperglycemia, as wellContinue Reading

Adrenal Insufficiency in Adults, Stress Dosing, and Adrenal Crisis

Dr. Anthony Heaney, Co-Director of the UCLA Pituitary and Neuroendocrine Program and President of the International Pituitary Society, presented two sessions titled “What are the causes of adrenal insufficiency in adults and when do I need to stress dose?” and “What is Adrenal Crisis?” at the AIU conference.  The following is my interpretation of theseContinue Reading

Emotional Health in Adults with Cushing’s and Adrenal Insufficiency

A summary of the AIU meeting presentation by Kyle Gillett, PhD, LMFT, Asheville, NC We need to broaden and never pause in the conversation about mental health, depression, and neuropsychological changes due to excess or deficient cortisol.  There is no room to consider them any less important than our other symptoms.  The average risk ofContinue Reading


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