Why does cushings cause hypoglycemia?
CCU BSN RN
Specializes in CICU, Telemetry.
Has 7 years experience.
Oct 22, 2016
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.
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Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN
Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma.
Has 40 years experience.
Oct 23, 2016
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