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Celebrities With Thyroid Disorders

The thyroid gland may be small — but its job is very big. The butterfly-shaped gland, located in the lower part of your neck, not only regulates your metabolism — it's essential to maintaining a healthy body. Unfortunately, millions of Americans suffer from thyroid disorders. Here are a few faces you may recognize

 

 

Angie Everhart

Actress/supermodel Angie Everhart has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, E! Online reported. 

"Word has been trickling out about ... Angie Everhart's health," her rep told E! News. "She wants to set the record straight by letting everyone know that it is true she has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. However, the prognosis is good."

According to E!, Everhart will undergo surgery on May 14. 

Everhart's rep said she hopes by sharing her news, other people will "learn about cancer prevention, its signs and treatment immediately."

 

Kim Cattrall

Kim Cattrall

The "Sex and the City" star suffers from Hashimoto's disease. This condition is the most common cause of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) in the United States. Your immune system attacks your thyroid gland when you have this disorder.

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Brooke Burke-Charvet

In a video titled “Cancer: Me?” actress Brooke Burke-Charvet, 41, of “Dancing With the Stars," revealed she was recently diagnosed with having a cancerous nodule on her thyroid gland, and she will undergoing surgery.

“Long story. I got my results back, and they were not good,” she said in the video posted on her ModernMom blog. 

“I went for a regular physical and that’s how I discovered this,” she said. “I feel really good, and actually I’ve never felt better. That’s what’s so crazy about this whole thing.”

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Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott 

Hip-hop star Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott has Graves' disease, an autoimmune illness that causes an overactive thyroid. She was diagnosed in 2008. The disease has affected her motor skills, followed by a string of symptoms including dizzy spells, mood swings and hair loss. There is no cure, but she has undergone radiation and takes medicine.


Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara

The "Modern Family" star battled thyroid cancer in 2000. She didn't have any symptoms when she was diagnosed. The sassy Spanish actress had her thyroid removed and underwent radioactive iodine treatment. Now she takes Synthroid to regulate her hormone levels.

Click here to see Dr. Cynara Coomer's story about her own battle with thyroid cancer.

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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

The daytime TV queen announced she was having trouble with her thyroid in 2007. Winfrey said she suffered from both hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) and hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid.) The talk show host claimed her thyroid issues were cured in 2009. She said she was off thyroid medications and her levels were in the normal range.

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Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne

The daughter of famous rocker, Ozzy Osbourne, blamed an untreated thyroid condition for rapid weight loss in 2007. She lost nearly 30 pounds and it's likely she suffered from hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid.) It was reported that she refused treatment for her problem because of fears of regaining weight.

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Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels

She’s known for kicking butt on the reality TV show “The Biggest Loser” – but fitness guru, Jillian Michaels, has battled her own issues with weight due to a thyroid problem. At the age of 30, Michaels was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid.) Fortunately for Michaels, she has been able to manage the condition with medication and a good diet.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The film critic lost his battle with thyroid and salivary gland cancer April 4, 2013. He lost his ability to speak in 2006 because of a rare side effect from his thyroid cancer surgery. He underwent another surgery to regain his speech, but it failed.

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George and Barbara Bush

George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush

The former first couple both have Graves' disease. This condition is not life threatening but the immune system will attack the thyroid gland causing overproduction of the hormone thyroxine. 

Symptoms include anxiety, fatigue, rapid heartbeat, weight loss and tremors in the hands. Barbara learned she had it in 1989 after she lost 18 pounds in three months. In 1991, former President George H. W. Bush was diagnosed after losing nine pounds in two months, increasing fatigue and deteriorating handwriting

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Celebrities With Thyroid Disorders

The thyroid gland may be small — but its job is very big. The butterfly-shaped gland, located in the lower part of your neck, not only regulates your metabolism — it's essential to maintaining a healthy body. Unfortunately, millions of Americans suffer from thyroid disorders. Here are a few faces you may recognize

 

 

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