Nick Cannon's Condition Serious But Treatable, Experts Say

Mon, March 5, 2012 6:21pm EST by 10 Comments
Nick Cannon

HollywoodLife spoke exclusively with top experts to get to the bottom of Nick’s diagnosis!

On Mar. 5, Nick Cannon sat down with Good Morning America to reveal the cause of his recent health problems. According to Nick, 31, he suffers from lupus nephritis, “a rare form of lupus that’s attacking [his] kidneys.” HollywoodLife reached out to leading doctors to learn more about the autoimmune disease affecting the young husband and father.

“Nephritis is an inflammation of the kidney,” says Dr. Bryan N. Becker, Immediate Past President of the National Kidney Foundation. “The body reacts against itself and the immune system does not work properly.”

“The amount of inflammation can range from mild to severe, and the amount of kidney damage would range accordingly,” adds Dr. Jonathan A. Winston, Professor of Nephrology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. “In general, it is a serious condition.”

The good news is that both experts we spoke to are optimistic about Nick’s prognosis. “It is a difficult process, but it is treatable,” assures Dr. Becker.

“Even in severe cases, the damage can often be reversible and manageable because several different effective medications are available,” explains Dr. Winston. “Each patient must be assessed as an individual, but the majority of patients do well, particularly if they are diagnosed early in the disease process and treated appropriately.”

According to Dr. Becker, now that Nick — father of one-year-twins Moroccan and Monroe with wife Mariah Carey — has been diagnosed, there are plenty of things that he can do to increase his chances of staying healthy, including monitoring his physical activity and being mindful of his food intake.

And it looks like the America’s Got Talent host is doing just that! On Good Morning America, Nick announced he’s sleeping more, drinking more water and eating less salt. “No Happy Meals, nothing,” he said.

We’re thrilled to see that Nick is being proactive about his condition!

Aren’t you relieved to hear that Nick is going to be OK, HollywoodLifers?

Reporting by Milly Contreras & Josh Rosenblatt, Written by Josh Rosenblatt

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Posted at 11:17 AM on November 14, 2013  

Have 2 daughters with Lupus one diagnosed 20 yrs ago the other recently in Aug 2013. It’s hard being Mother/Caretaker/business manager

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Posted at 9:50 PM on November 22, 2012  

I have a rare Kidney Disease called Medullary Sponge Kidney and Nephrocalcinosis. I had no clue Nick cannon had renal issues! Its so hard dealing with and Its nice to know even celebrities have issues just as real as regular people! May God bless you Nick and all others suffering any renal disease!

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alicia allison

Posted at 11:49 PM on September 17, 2012  

To huge fan i understand how u feel.but its not a cure. I have put alot into this diease.i found a lot of peace in group meeting. Cause only a lupus personcan understand another. An this all hit me as a kid. Family is very important!!!!! So just b there an stay prayed up. Thats how im making it.

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alicia allison

Posted at 11:33 PM on September 17, 2012  

Im glad to see him doing so well an so 34yrs an have had lupus since i was 14. Its a lifestyle but can b lived.

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Posted at 11:14 AM on June 5, 2012  

I have had SLE since 1981,but my kidneya have not been attacked. Having lupus is like riding a rollercoaster.
One day you can do it all, the next day, you can’t get out of bed. To be honest, I am shocked that I have lived this long.
Nick, please take care of yourself.Your family loves you and Your fans adore you…

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huge fan

Posted at 1:42 PM on May 7, 2012  

my my mother has lupus. it saddens me that nick cannon does too. i’m a bit confused about how this article says that there is a away to reverse the process since he caught it early on. like somehow nick will recover from having this disease.
if he walks away 1 day saying he no longer has lupus i will be furious!!! money cures all doesn’t it?? reminds me of a similar case with magic johnson. nick if you have $ money for the cure can you please save my mother too or at least say its out there so i can raise the money? she deserves it more than anyone. i’m praying for you and her to stay strong. there is a healthier life after this one. i hope to see you there nick. no devil worshiping

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Posted at 11:17 AM on June 5, 2012  

Noone is ever cured of Lupus. They have not founf a cure.
However, one can go into remission……But, no cure
I wish your mom Good luck and love

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Lupus Research Institute

Posted at 3:42 PM on March 29, 2012  

The Lupus Research Institute (LRI) extends best wishes for recovery from kidney failure to Nick Cannon, multi-talented performer. We are thankful that his lupus has been diagnosed properly, and on behalf of all patients with lupus appreciate his openness in discussing his battle publicly. For more information about lupus, please visit

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Posted at 6:54 PM on March 5, 2012  

thank you HL for providing us some more details! hope he’s able to stay on the straight and narrow and keep his diet to save his health. i’m sure mariah, and the thought of wanting to be with his kids for as long as possible, will keep him on the healthiest path. love them…

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Posted at 6:29 PM on March 5, 2012  

My sister has Lupus and it took her about a month to fully be fine, but she can get lupus flares at any time.

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