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Amy Schumer is diagnosed with Cushing's Syndrome

Amy Schumer is diagnosed with Cushing's Syndrome

Amy Schumer, an actress and comedian, was diagnosed with Cushing's syndrome, a rare hormonal illness that can induce weight gain and facial changes.

After being criticized online for seeming “puffier” during an interview on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” last month, Schumer revealed her appearance.

In a Friday interview with “News Not Noise,” the 42-year-old announced his Cushing's diagnosis. Schumer uploaded the interview on Instagram; her agents were unavailable for comment.

Schumer stated in the interview that public remarks about her face modifications made her understand “something was wrong.” Learn about the disease here.

Johns Hopkins Medicine calls Cushing's syndrome, also known as hypercortisolism, “fairly rare” hormonal disease. Long-term cortisol overproduction or steroid use can cause the disease.

Cortisol maintains blood pressure, regulates blood sugar, reduces inflammation, and converts food into energy, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. However, too much might damage the body.

The National Institutes of Health reports that Cushing's syndrome mostly affects individuals aged 30–50. Though it can affect youngsters, the condition affects three times more women than males.

Over time, too much glucocorticoids, which mimic cortisol and treat asthma and rheumatoid arthritis, can create Cushing's syndrome, according to the NIH.

The pituitary gland tumor near the base of the brain can also induce Cushing's syndrome. A tumor can affect the pituitary gland's hormone production and lead it to overproduce ACTH. Cushing's can result from adrenal glands producing too much cortisol.

Tumors on one or, rarely, both adrenal glands can cause the condition. NIH says “adrenal tumors are most often benign but sometimes are cancerous.”

The newsletter said that Schumer blamed high-dose steroid shots for her condition. She had disclosed having endometriosis and other health issues, but it remained unclear why she was using steroids.

The original article can be found here.

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