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Why does cushings cause hypoglycemia?

CCU BSN RN

Specializes in CICU, Telemetry. Has 7 years experience.

It doesn't, it causes hyperglycemia.

Treating Cushing's can cause hypoglycemia.

Cushing's results from excess ACTH which stimulates the adrenals to produce too much cortisol. Cortisol is a steroid. Steroids cause hyperglycemia. When Cushing's is treated, and steroid levels drop, so can blood glucose.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 14 years experience.

Moved to the Nursing Student Assistance forum.

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 40 years experience.

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