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Celebrities With a Thyroid Condition and What We Can Learn From Them

Thyroid conditions affect nearly 20 million Americans. While the majority of victims tend to be female, some males also fall victim to the often silent disease. It’s been reported that approximately 60 percent of those with the condition aren’t even aware that they have it.

Though we often see them as untouchable, invincible human beings, many of the most recognized and accomplished celebrities are currently or have in the past suffered from a thyroid disorder. Some have been vocal about their struggle, while others have hidden or refused to make it part of their platform.

Let’s take a look at these four celebrities with contrasting careers who have been able to overcome the struggles of thyroid complications.      

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey
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She is perhaps one of the most well-known people on this Earth—Oprah Winfrey. Once daytime TV talk show host of the highest rated show, Oprah, as she is known by just her first name, has since held numerous titles including actress, philanthropist, executive, author, cultural influencer, and essentially the list goes on. In 2007, Oprah announced in her magazine O that she was suffering from hypothyroidism. One criticism that Oprah received was that she was quick to say that her struggles with the disorder had ended soon after she used a non-medical approach to treat her condition.

Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott
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Rapper Missy Elliott revealed to People magazine that she suffers from the autoimmune disorder Graves’ disease. Since the disorder significantly affects the thyroid, Elliott revealed that she was receiving medical care to help her body’s changes. The rapper is perhaps one of the most successful and influential female rappers around but her struggle with the disease impacted her ability to pick up a pen and continue writing lyrics as she also revealed to People. Elliott also shared that she was taking medication that helped her thyroid to function.

Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush
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The late Barbara Bush exerted a large presence wherever she went. She was always vocal about her options, even when they weren’t popular and was open about her health complications. The former first lady suffered from Graves’ disease up until her death, though it is not what caused her death. Bush once gave insight into her struggles with the disease saying that her thyroid “just went wacko.” She was very public with her illness and never chose to hide her struggles. Using her large platform, she shared how the condition led her to lose 18 pounds and that it was what caused her large, swollen eyes (symptoms that are consistent with Graves’ disease).    

Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams
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The sometimes controversial daytime talk show host, Wendy Williams recently took a nearly two months hiatus from her show, which some speculated was related to rumors that she and her husband of more than 20 years were getting a divorce after several tabloids reported he was expecting a child with his mistress. But all rumors aside, Williams returned to her show and told her audience that it was her Graves’ disease that caused her to take time off camera. “They are adjusting my thyroid meds and the eyeballs are attached to the thyroid, which is my Graves’ disease, and I always have equilibrium issues with my vertigo,” Williams explained. This isn’t the first time Williams has spoken about her complications. On numerous other occasions, she has been candid with her audience about her health and the struggles she faces.   

If You Believe You May Have a Thyroid Condition, Connect With Us Today

The thyroid plays a significant role in your health. The under or overproduction of the hormone thyroxine (T4) can have a negative impact on your life in various ways. But upon consulting with an endocrinologist, who treats and diagnosis thyroid conditions, you can the answers you need to seek proper treatment, thus alleviating many of the negative symptoms.

Do not delay seeking professional assistance. Connect with us today to schedule a consultation.


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