The nurse is caring for a patient with Cushing's syndrome. The nurse should instruct the patient to:

Check for black or tarry stools.

Explanation

• Patient's with Cushing's syndrome are at risk for peptic ulcers due to increased gastric acid secretion, immunosupression, and poor wound healing. The patient should understand the signs of GI bleeding

• Hypercholesterolemia is a result of Cushing's syndrome, so the patient should be encouraged to decrease cholesterol intake

• Potassium intake should be encouraged to prevent hypokalemia associated with Cushing's

• Weight-bearing exercise should be encouraged to reduce the risk of osteoporosis, a common complication of Cushing's syndrome

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