Why Does Cushing’s Syndrome Have Similar Symptoms as Menopause?

Why does Cushing’s Syndrome have similar symptoms as menopause?
Cushing’s syndrome is a disorder that occurs when your body makes too much of the hormone cortisol over a long period of time.
Symptoms of both Cushing’s syndrome and menopause:
  • Weight gain
  • Fragile skin that bruises easily
  • Decreased sex drive
  • High blood pressure
  • Bone loss
  • High blood sugar
  • More body hair
What can we learn from Cushing’s syndrome?
  1. Patients with Cushing’s syndrome have excess cortisol, which reveals that hot flashes may also be a result of high cortisol.
  2. Hyperglycemia. Cushing’s syndrome usually involves hyperglycemia. Cortisol has an impact on sugar metabolism in the body. Studies in dogs suggest that intense stress can damage the insulin-secreting cells in the pancreas.
  3. High prolactin. Prolactin increases cortisol production. Prolactin is a hormone made by the pituitary gland and is a good marker of stress.
What can we do about high cortisol, high sugar levels and high prolactin?
-Consider gelatin-rich foods, like that found in bone broth. The anti-inflammatory amino acids in gelatin oppose the excitatory effects of the tryptophan-serotonin-estrogen- prolactin system.
-Remove stressors. A repeated small stress, or overstimulation of insulin secretion, gradually tends to become amplified by the effects of tryptophan and the polyunsaturated fatty acids, with these fats increasing the formation of serotonin, and serotonin increasing the liberation of the fats.”
-Balance out the insulin levels by ditching industrial seed oils. In mice, a diet high in soybean oil induces obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes, and fatty liver disease. (29, 30) Animal research also suggests that canola oil may cause insulin resistance. (31)
-Vitamin A has been shown to lower high cortisol levels. Results from a recent study showed a marked decrease in urinary free cortisol (UFC) levels was observed in five patients; mean UFC levels on retinoic acid were 22-73% of baseline values and normalization in UFC was achieved in three patients.
-Eat natural sugars, not processed. Fruit and honey can help to lower cortisol. A recent study of rats showed sucrose helped their neuroendocrine responses during chronic stress.
-Balance your hormones with the help of bioidentical hormones.
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