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The nurse is instructing a patient with Cushing's disease. Which of the following statements by the patient indicates an understanding of the management of Cushing's disease?

Explanation

• Cushing's disease commonly causes hypokalemia by increasing renal excretion of potassium.

• Cushing's disease also causes hypocalcemia. Therefore, foods high in calcium should be encouraged.

• Fluid retention is a common side effect of Cushing's disease; fluid intake should not be increased.

• Contact sports should be discouraged because Cushing's disease causes fragile skin and increased bruising.

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