My daughter is 18 years old. She exercises for 2 or 3 hours a day. Her main meal is between noon and 3 pm. However she cannot lose weight her weight is stable. She is overweight / obese. She is being tested for Cushings. She has had thyroid testing, cholesterol, diabetes, and celiac disease.
Cushing's disease is actually quite common in dogs.
Golden RetrieverIt's usually found in dogs that are middle-aged or older.
Small dogs are usually between the ages of eight and ten, while larger dogs show signs around six years of age.
I've provided a link from WebMd to help give you more information.
The first link is an overall, but no age is specified.
http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/cush … c-overview
At the bottom you can go to page 2.
Also below is a link to give you a description for home treatment, also from WebMd.
http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/cush … -treatment
I think Cagsil did a good job with reference to Cushings, but aside from that consideration I can't help but offer some personal experience (obviously I'm no doctor).
Weight alone is not always an indicator of weight loss. Exercise leads to muscle gain as well as fat loss, because fat weighs less than muscle it may seem as though no weight is being lost, when in fact excess fat IS being burned. I mention this in light of the fact that she exercises quite a lot.
Just a thought.
even if your daughter has cushings, if she is not losing weight, she is eating more calories than she burns. cushings causes weight gain by making folks hungry, so it's hard for them not to over-eat.
i recommend measuring and journaling everything she eats along with the calories. i bet she'll be amazed at how much she is taking in compared to what she needs. i know i was at the start of my diet. i'm now 70# lighter and eat less. exercise alone is an inefficient way to lose weight. i'd have to walk a mile to burn the calories in one slice of bread. easier just not to eat the bread.
exercise is great. it's the nearest thing we have to a fountain of youth, improving mood, memory, bone strength, heart health and a host of other things. i exercise, but count mostly on calorie restriction for my weight goals.
Thanks for all the helpful information. We have already did the journaling and went to a dietitian for 6 months. She avoids pastas and breads. She usually eats salads and fruits. Drinks a lot of water. That is why the doctors want to test for cushings.
To answer your question first, Cushing's syndrome per se has no specific age to show up but Cushing's syndrome may be due do many causes.
Since your daughter had been tested for diabetes and cholesterol - metabolic syndrome may have been excluded. Normal thyroid functions eliminates hypothyroidism.
The human body is designed in such a way that it gains weight fast when the balance between the intake and the wastage of calories is lost but looses weight quite slowly as the hypothalamic set point for satiety is set at a higher level. If the weight is problematic I recommend taking a drug such as Orlistat while continuing on the exercise and dietary schedules.
I suspected my son had cushings, but it turned out he has Elher's-Danlos
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