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How does Cushing's syndrome affect the body?

Cushing's syndrome adversely affects the body because of the high cortisol levels. All of the symptoms that occur are a result of the excessive cortisol. If it is a tumor that causes the condition, then the tumor itself is usually not causing any of the actual symptoms of Cushing's syndrome. The only role it plays is in releasing a chemical that instructs the adrenal gland to overproduce cortisol.

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