Wendy Williams attends The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women

Wendy Williams is taking 3 weeks off from her popular daytime talk show after announcing she has thyroid disease. The 53-year-old talk show host made the announcement on the Wendy Williams Show on Wednesday morning.

Williams told her audience that she was diagnosed with Graves' disease, the most common cause of hyperthyroidism, a disease of the thyroid gland in front of the throat.

"My doctor has prescribed -- are you ready? -- three weeks of vacation," Williams told her shocked audience on Wednesday. "I was pissed. Encore performances, really?"

Williams famously fell out on the set during a Halloween episode in 2017. She claimed she felt overheated in her Statue of Liberty costume.

Hyperthyroidism is caused by an overproduction of thyroid hormones by the thyroid gland.

Thyroid hormone is responsible for regulating the body's metabolism and protein synthesis. Thyroid hormones affects how the body breaks down protein, fat and carbohydrates and converts them to energy.

What Causes Graves' Disease?

The cause of Graves' disease isn't clear. Graves' disease is a genetic disorder of the immune system that runs in families. Factors for Graves' disease include stress (such as learning your husband is cheating on you); infection or injury which causes inflammation of the thyroid gland; eating too much iodine (such as table salt); or a tumor of the pituitary gland at the base of the skull (pituitary adenoma).


Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of Graves' disease include (please note that not everyone has all of these S&S):

  • Eye bulging or eyes protruding
  • Enlargement of the thyroid gland (Goiter)
  • Confusion
  • Excessive perspiration
  • High body temperature
  • Heat intolerance
  • Hot flashes
  • Fast heart rate
  • Weight loss
  • Increased appetitive and craving for sweet and salty food
  • Hair loss including eyebrows
  • High blood sugar
  • Excessive urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Irritability
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Muscle weakness
  • Memory loss
  • Hand tremors or shakiness
  • Mood swings
  • Panic attacks

    How is Graves' Disease Diagnosed?

    Graves' disease is diagnosed when you present with one or more of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Rapid heart beat
  • Enlarged goiter in front of neck with audible bruit sound
  • Tremor
  • Exophthalmos (protuberance of one or both eyes)
  • Fatigue, weight loss with increased appetite in young people and poor appetite in the elderly
  • Heat intolerance
  • Tremors of the hands
  • Heart palpitations (fast heartbeat)

    Your doctor will give you a physical examine and draw blood for specific thyroid hormone tests (T4 and T3), radioactive iodine (RAI) uptake, TSH, and CT scan or ultrasound.


    What Are the Treatments for Graves' Disease?

    Treatments include diet (don't eat foods high in iodine); anti-thyroid drugs to hinder the production of thyroid hormones; and sometimes surgery to remove whole or part of the thyroid gland or pituitary tumor.

    This has been your Medical Minute.


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    • Victorious82

      She’s been diagnosed with this for years now.

    • indano

      The Bulging eyes & loss of weight are symptoms of the disease.

    • The Goode Queen

      I thought we knew this already.....?

    • JRock

      I don't like her two-faced approach of what's good for the gander (other people) but not good for the goose (her), but I hope she gets well.

    • Judi Lauren

      Factors for Grave’s disease include stress (such as learning your husband is cheating on you)....

      SHADE Auntie .........

      Side Note: I wonder if I should get tested for this. For 25 years, I've had heat intolerance and hand tremors and fainting spells. Docs can't find anything wrong with me. As soon as I overheat, I sweat profusely, hands shaking and black out. It's scary as hell.

    • J2PC

      Come on now, she told us that years ago. -that is not an announcement.

    • Karen Brady

      I have nothing but prayers for you Wendy. Live long and prosper. Positive attitude, thoughts and change in some things like diet all help with these diseases. Eliminate stress as much as possible. You are not alone!

    • Karen Brady

      Yes. And ask for an MRI.

    • Dowoop

      Trying to distract us from something else.

    • Nonya Bizness

      Any idea how her Alkaline Diet plays into Graves Disease? Is it supposed to help? I'm not buying that her Dr. Prescribed "3 weeks off from work". I think she's having a d amn nervous breakdown behind her husband and the mistress. Yesterday she said she had the Flu. What doesn't she have, besides a faithful husband?

    • Mia Said so

      i LOVE my Wendy i'm so sad right now.. I Pray all is well with her.. I hope she gettings better..

    • jazmine


    • Mia Said so

      Ms Judi,, I'm so sorry to read this.. Yes you should it can only help.. God Bless you Ms. Judi

    • SingleGalCrazyWorld

      My cat has that shit. She was so skinny and always eating took her to the Vet and her levels were so high that they put her on meds. Now idk about Wendell but maybe she need to go to my Vet they got a good discount...

    • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      Alkaline diets eliminate meat, wheat, milk and sugar. That diet would not cause Grave's disease. I also don't think her doctor just diagnosed her with Grave's disease. Any doctor would have diagnosed her years ago.

    • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

      Exactly. Watch out Betty Ford Clinic here comes Wendall.

    • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

      You would be better off praying for Wendell's soul.

    • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011


    • Kemi

      Awww sorry this is happening to you. Hope they find nothing significant. To put your mind at rest, maybe seek an endocrinologist. If you haven’t already. Take care!

    • Trace da Ace

      Factors for Grave’s disease include stress (such as learning your husband is cheating on you);
      Sandy....your shade levels never disappoints me.... #loveit

    • DaughterOfaQueen

      Not going to participate in the negativity surrounding her illness...get better sis.

    • Kemi

      Lol this write up is shady... but I wish Wendy well managing the disease n her husband!

    • Enoughsaid2020

      I know a few people with this serious condition. Get well soon Wendy.

    • Marlika

      Um I had hyperthyroidism and then it went hypo. My thyroid has been stable for the past 8 years. My endocrinologist never recommended me to take a “vacation” Wendy is full of it. If anything she’s stressing a lot and it’s affecting her. ?????

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      (umm, get well Wendy...)

      Hey Marlika! i thought about you last week when i was at the grocery store. why was this white couple in there tryna steal a frito lay snack pack (the purple one with the cheetos) LMAO!

    • rory

      Didn't she mention this on her radio show years ago? Get well Lady.

    • Ebony Starr

      I was in her audience a few weeks ago and she didn't look well! I told my daughter that something serious was going on with her health. She seemed really unsteady on her feet. There was always someone nearby to hold her arm when off camera. She doesn't do much where she stands long anymore.

    • sherri2016

      My sister has Graves disease i knew she did by her big eyes my sister told the Dr to check her for it because i thought she did i was right

    • Ang

      She didn't just mention this. She's been talking about her Graves Disease forever. People think having a thyroid condition isn't a big deal bc so many people throw it out there when someone gains weight. But, it can be a serious condition that can cause serious health issues depending on the severity of the individual's case.

    • Marlika

      ????? They steal anything that’s not nailed down. I’m so sick of them. I caught a bitch stealing some Moochies the other night. I’m about to quit I don’t need this 2nd job anymore. ??

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      you surrounded by criminals, ROFL!!!!!

    • Ms.Vanilla

      What is rest (vacation) going to do for her? Is resting one of the recommendations for people with graves disease or does Wendell just need time off?

    • Coy little wink

      I thought she already announced this?

      I told my ex he needed to get his thyroid checked for this...he never did to my knowledge...stubborn

    • Dollmeshia Dee-Dee Clark

      i was diagnosed last year. The first thing they asked was about my eye. After leaving doc I looked at some old pictures and it appears that i had it long before symptoms appeared. Im still battling with a solution because the meds prescribed caused me to GAIN 20lbs in 2 months. Meeting with a new endocrinologist next week

    • TMW

      I have Graves. Was diagnosed in 2001 a couple years after my daughter was born. I had radio active iodine uptake, which essentially burns off part of your thyroid. Hyperthyroidism cannot be managed which is why they tend to make you hypo (low) and manage levels with medication.

      When I was diagnosed I did not realize anything was wrong because I was just used to managing a high level of stress (toddler, new house, marriage) but I lost a ton of weight, my eyes looked like they were popping out of my head, I was having night sweats and I had a goiter. But my doctor was able to confirm with blood work. Routine blood work does not check T4 and TSH levels, so if your doctor has not ordered that test, have them do that.

      Graves Disease is totally manageable with medication. But I also think being hypothyroid effects my metabolism (hard to lose weight, easy to gain) and sometimes my energy level.

      So I don’t understand when these celebrities act like they are on death’s doorstep because they have Graves. If they know they have Graves, it should be being managed. Sometimes I think they use it as an excuse because they don’t want to tell you what’s really going on with them.


      Hyperthyroidism, Lupus, Lymphoma, Brain Aneurysm, Exhaustion....

      In Hollywood all are code for something else ....

    • TMW

      Levoxyl or Synthroid do not work for me. I have to take Armour Thyroid, which is the synthetic pig hormone and not normally offered by most insurances for treatment for hypothyroid. My doctor has to submit a special request every year because it is the only thing that has worked for me, and even now, every once in a while my levels will go wonky and my doctor will decrease or increase the dose accordingly.

      May be worth suggesting to your doctor if you haven’t tried it.

    • Faithz

      Wendy take care of yourself girl, I wish you well. Like many things that can happen to Us, We just has to take our health care, and well being one day at a time. Try to eat right , and get plenty of rest, and less stress if possible.

    • Faithz

      Ain't that the truth, many people are pure evil, and I know I have trashed Wendy, But in Illness its wrong on all fronts....

    • TMW

      Yeah most doctors don’t even recognize the symptoms, and they don’t routinely check TSH and T4 levels with routine blood work. And most people who look at themselves everyday don’t even notice their eyes starting to bulge - I didn’t but my momma said she noticed but didn’t want to say anything), and I was not mad that I was finally losing the baby weight 2 years later. The other big one is night sweats and people usually can find a reason to justify that too, like the person they sleep with makes them hot.

    • TMW

      I agree. I have been living with Graves for 17 years and I don’t even think about it. I just take my pill everyday, get regular blood work to monitor levels and keep it moving. So, yeah I don’t buy it as an excuse. She probably has something more serious that she doesn’t want us to know about.

    • justlooking


      So you diagnosed her originally?


    • Liah

      Factors for Grave’s disease include stress (such as learning your husband is cheating on you);

      The SHADE is REAL!!!!

    • Yardgirl

      This is what I came here to post too. This is not new!

    • Blak

      Announcing?? She said this years ago...that's why her eyes bug out. Not news

    • Yardgirl

      Facts! She now has a clear mini podium to hold onto when she stands in the audience. God Speed Wendy!!

    • Renee26

      Ok!!! I was just about to say this...the only announcement is a 3 week vacation prescription

    • Renee26

      LOL in 2009 Wendy told the world...Auntie just wanted to recycle the Medical Minute

    • Renee26


    • justlooking

      Oh, I don't follow Wendy Williams.Hope she gets well.

    • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa

      that man finally sucked out all the juice out of this poor woman

    • Bonita

      Mmmhmmm . . . tell me anything. And Bishop Eddie Long wanted me to believe he had cancer. ?

    • Renee26

      Debating on whether or not to go to YouTube to watch her shows while I pass time at work or just go home and log it as personal time off

    • Renee26

      She will deal with the illness for the rest of her life...yes I hope this vacation does her some good. Everyone needs a break every now and then

    • Bonita

      Thank You!

    • ???TheRider???

      With the exception of the bulging eyes, I have the symptoms and I'm just going through menopause! I'm going to my endocrinologist today, I'll ask about those tests. Thanks Auntie.

    • ShWa

      Yes stress will kill u

    • Desiree Edwards

      This is REALLY old news!

    • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

      Prayers for Wendy.

    • MsPam

      I thought Ms.Sandra wasn’t going to mention that!?????

    • MsPam

      I hope she goes on vacation by herself, leave that fool with the mistress!

    • SweetTEE

      *clutches pearls* I said the same thing.

    • guest

      Thank U for the medical minute info.

    • Liah

      Girl !...Shady BOOTS!

    • Latisaj


    • dontgetblocked

      It seems like years ago, people were saying that she had Grave's disease because of her eyes. She denied it. Yet she tells everyone else's business.

    • Sally Wright McLinn

      This is a serious disease. I noticed that her eyes bulged: Eye bulging or eyes protruding. And she seemed to lack energy when she came out on camera. I wish her well.

    • mona q

      Wendy has said herself years ago that she had a thyroid problem which is why she chose to wear wigs because her hair was thin due to the thyroid problem. She also said that is why her eye was messed up. This is not new information....

    • http://www.missjhaneuniverse.com Monday

      She might be doing more than 3 week. Missy Elliott was diagnosed with Graves disease years ago. I did notice (as everyone else) that she had lost weight QUICK). Lil Kim seems to suffer from the other one Hypothyroidism.
      Cancer signs are very emotional. We handle stress internally. Not good for us

    • sherri2016

      Everyone saying she been knew is correct that's why she wore wigs because of her thyroid made her hair thin something else is wrong maybe she think her husband poisoning her she kept joking about hemlock in her tea

    • Sally Wright McLinn

      This is a wild guess....but was she always diagnosed with Graves, or did it happen AFTER the enhancements? If I were her, I would take all that silicone out! I've read that many actresses are having their implants taken out because of illnesses.

    • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      That's why her eyes were always popping out of her head on her show. I thought she did that intentionally. ?

    • Ghost

      Thanks Sandra for the medical minute! I DVR Wendy everyday for the hot topics..I notice when she came back after her three days off she was wobbling to her chair and wearing flats! She needs to take care of herself..

      Praying for her...

    • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

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

    • Ladyvil

      Its a guy yall!!

    • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      Yes, I hope she will be okay.

    • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

      No shade hon, just facts.

    • abby500

      SHE always said that she has Graves’ disease. Years ago

    • justlooking

      Yes, I am very familar with auto immune diseases.

    • mona q
    • mona q

      Can I ask if you have any physical symptoms?

    • Bonita


    • Bonita

      You left out cancer.

    • Ladyvil

      Mag bitter truth youtube channel has the proof!!

    • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

      SR: That's why her eyes were always popping out of her head on her show.

      You were wrong for that.


    • anjanette b

      I have this same condition to. I never heard of taking off 3 weeks, I never had to take off one day.

    • anjanette b

      She need to eat some meat. Everybody on this vegan trend but little do people no how dangerous that is, people are losing the babies do to lack of nutrition & it's a up raise in MS due to lack if nutritional substances. Gurl eat u some chicken.

    • anjanette b

      That's what I'm saying, I have it to it's been in remission for about a year but I got really really sick I didn't know what it was, I was super weak couldn't hardly walk up stairs, I was shaking like a crack head, heart was beating out of my chest, hair fell out. When I finally found out What it was they gave me a pill to take every day and sent my black ass back to work the next day lol. That 3 weeks nonsense sounds like some bullshit.

    • anjanette b


    • http://bettybooplover.tumblr.com/ Berry Melon

      Yeah, you could tell she had graves because her eyes looked like they are about to pop out of their sockets.

    • TMW

      I took one day off when I had the iodine uptake treatment.

    • TMW

      No, I don’t. Once the thyroid hormone levels become regulated, all of the physical symptoms dissipate. The bulging eyes go away, and hair grows back. When my levels are off, I may gain or lose weight, and I tire easily. But again, if the levels are regulated, no one would know.

    • Wellbalancedlibra


    • Marlika

      I remembered when I was first diagnosed right after going through chemo and radiation. I was telling my Oncologist about my symptoms and he brushed it off and said I was too young to have a thyroid issue. ???? Thank God for his NP that ran the test and check my thyroid. My doctors swear my treatment didn’t cause my thyroid issue, but I say it did! Never had the issue until after treatment. Having thyroid issue is no joke! ?

    • Marlika

      Yeah I know. Her body is peoblay breaking down from all the stress. Although I think she’s a vile women, I hope she gets her health together before it gets worse.

    • Marlika

      There are some people who feel this woman can do no wrong.??

    • justsayin

      I thought the exact same thing.