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Nick Cannon's Condition Serious But Treatable, Experts Say

Mon, March 5, 2012 6:21pm EDT by HL Intern 10 Comments
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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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