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Nick Cannon has revealed to the public that he has an autoimmune disease that attacks his kidneys. The disease is called lupus nephritis.
“It’s a rare form of lupus that’s just attacking my kidneys,” Cannon told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “They thought it was just kidney disease, and then they were trying to figure out why my immune system was attacking my kidneys, and that was sort of the root of it all.”
The disease is difficult to diagnose and affects various parts of the human body. The disease has sent Cannon to the hospital twice this year, once for kidney problems and later for a blood clot found in his lungs. The ailment has led Cannon to announce that he plans to stop his morning radio show in order to focus on his health.
Lupus nephritis can cause the kidneys to inflame, which keeps them from being able to clean the blood or control fluid amounts. Roughly 50 – 60% of lupus patients have kidney problems. African Americans are more heavily affected by the disease than whites. Women are more likely to get the disease, but it is more severe when it shows up in men.
“Anytime you have a kidney disease, you have to watch your salt intake and your protein intake, so fast foods are very high in both of those,” said Dr. Gary Gilkeson associate dean and professor of medicine in microbiology and immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina. “Like anyone else, it’s better to eat healthy. You have to be more careful when you have renal involvement.”