What Is Graves' Disease? Wendy Williams Taking Three Weeks Off for Treatment

Talk show host Wendy Williams revealed on Wednesday that she has Graves' disease
Talk show host Wendy Williams revealed on Wednesday that she has Graves' disease
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23 February, 2018

But the 53-year-old host said her doctor gave her a Graves' disease diagnosis and ordered her to rest.

On Feb. 21, Williams announced she has been diagnosed with Graves' disease and is taking time off her show to recuperate. The disease affects one in 200 people in the USA, but what exactly does it do to the body? It may effect women more frequently due to hormones. Without treatment, hyperthyroidism can harm your heart, bones, muscles, menstrual cycle and fertility.

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The syndicated talk show host made the announcement during her show so she can focus on her health. A week ago she took three days off because she was experiencing flu-like symptoms. They're developing ideas with her'. In addition, she said, she has experienced weight loss, trouble sleeping, difficulty swallowing, rapid heartbeat and intolerance for heat. For pregnant women, the disease can affect both the mother and the baby, and the NIH recommends treating hyperthyroidism prior to becoming pregnant.

No one is sure why Graves' disease develops but it is thought to be a combination of both genetic and environmental factors. Williams explained, "My thyroid, my hyperthyroid is attached also to Graves' disease". "By the way, as I speak to you, my ears are leaking because the push from the old medication needs to wear off before he prescribes new. As of today, three weeks of vacation", she told the in studio audience and viewers at home.


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