Thursday, January 22, 2009

Conditions that can cause obesity | Life and style | BMJ Group

Conditions that can cause obesity | Life and style | BMJ Group:
"...Cushing's syndrome

A condition called Cushing's syndrome can make you gain weight, especially on your face and around your waist. It means your body is making too many corticosteroids. These are chemicals that control how your body uses fat and sugar. If you have too many corticosteroids, you can feel tired, hungry and bloated.

It may happen when a lump grows in your adrenal glands. These glands lie on the surface of your kidney. Your adrenal glands make corticosteroids. The lump makes your body produce extra corticosteroids. Cushing's syndrome can also happen when lumps grow on your pituitary gland or another part of your body..."