Wendy Williams isn’t alone in her combat in opposition to Graves’ illness, the immune system dysfunction that ends in the overproduction of thyroid hormones.
The feisty 53-year-old speak present host introduced the prognosis on her present Wednesday.
She added that, per medical doctors’ orders, she’s taking three weeks off. “I used to be pissed,”she mentioned, concerning the pressured go away. “I come from working class.”
Graves’ illness impacts about 1 in 200 folks within the U.S., in keeping with the American Thyroid Affiliation (ATA). Wendy Williams reveals hyperthyroid situation Graves’ illness
Others who’ve struggled with it embrace rapper Missy Elliott, Olympic athlete Gail Devers, actress Religion Ford and former President George H.W. Bush, who was identified in 1991.
The illness happens seven occasions extra typically in girls than in males, which can be associated to hormonal components, in keeping with the Mayo Clinic.
Wendy Williams is combating Graves’ illness, which ends up in the overproduction of thyroid hormones. (Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Photos for Wilhelmina Mode)
The illness can have an effect on the physique on the inside and outside — and manifest with numerous indicators.
Victims could expertise anxiousness and irritability, speedy or irregular heartbeat, tremors in hand and fingers and weight reduction. Sufferers can also expertise very brittle bones as a result of thyroid’s incapacity to make use of calcium accurately. Wendy Williams cries recalling ‘actually scary’ on-air collapse
About 30% of individuals with Graves’ illness additionally present indicators of ophthalmopathy — bulging eyes as a consequence of swollen tissue.
“I really feel like birds are swimming round my head,” mentioned Williams. “Like always gentle. However not excessive.”
Graves’ illness is attributable to a malfunction within the physique’s disease-fighting immune system, “though the precise purpose why this occurs remains to be unknown,” notes the Mayo Clinic.
Numerous components come into play, equivalent to age. It often strikes earlier than age 40. It may be exacerbated by household historical past, different autoimmune problems like diabetes, stress, being pregnant and smoking. SEE IT: Wendy Williams passes out on reside tv
Olympic gold medalist Gail Devers was in school when she discovered that she had Graves’ illness. (Antonelli, Ron) Religion Ford has recalled that weight reduction led her to hunt medical assist and the Grave’s illness prognosis. (Charles Sykes/AP) Former President George H. W. Bush was identified with Graves’ illness in 1991. (David J. Phillip/AP) Singer-songwriter Missy Elliott’s battle with Graves’ illness started in 2008. (Andrew Chin/Getty Photos)
Efficient therapies can be found that may restore thyroid perform to regular, even when the underlying reason for the dysfunction will not be “cured,” in accordance tothe ATA.
These therapies embrace radioactive iodine remedy, anti-thyroid drugs and beta blockers.