Wendy Williams

Fans of talk show queen Wendy Williams were shocked by her emaciated appearance in paparazzi photos that surfaced on Wednesday.

In an interview in 2009 Wendy revealed she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disorder Graves’ disease.

Graves’ Disease causes the immune system to attack the thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the neck that secretes thyroid hormone thyroxine, which helps regulate the body’s metabolism, heart rate, and muscle control.

Graves’ disease can cause drastic weight loss because it accelerates the body’s metabolism and causes weight loss even when a person overeats.

Graves’ disease is the main cause of hyperthyroidism (overproduction of thyroid hormones).

Graves Disease

Signs and Symptoms of Graves’ Disease

  • Feeling tired all the time
  • High blood pressure
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Irregular heartbeat, heart palpitations
  • Excessive sweating
  • Heat intolerance
  • Fine, thin hair
  • Hair loss
  • Goiter in neck
  • Bulging eyes
  • Muscle wasting
  • Hand tremors, hands shaking
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Consult your doctor or health practitioner if you experience any of these signs and symptoms.

    Treatment

    Treatment includes anti-thyroid medications, Radioactive iodine therapy (to destroy the thyroid), and/or surgery to remove the thyroid gland

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    More Info On the Web

    Graves’ Disease — Thyroid.org

    Graves’ Disease — Mayo Clinic

    What is Graves’ Disease — Mayo Clinic

    Graves’ Disease — Healthline

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