Wendy Williams, actress and producer, was dressed up as the Statue of Liberty when she fainted in the middle of her show on live television. Mid-sentence, she began to stutter, got wobbly, the within seconds collapsed on the ground. Thankfully her staff was there to help as they cut to commercials quickly.
On Wednesday, Wendy announced that she has been suffering from Graves’ disease and that it is affecting the muscles behind her eyes which caused her to faint.
Though she is taking a few weeks off per doctor’s orders, Wendy will be okay and is under the proper care needed to treat Graves’ Disease.
If you are dealing with Graves’ Disease, you too can take necessary steps to reduce your symptoms and take care of your body as well.
What is Graves’ Disease?
Graves’ Disease is an autoimmune condition resulting in an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism). There are many forms of hyperthyroidism. Graves’ disease is only one form.
Symptoms of Graves’ Disease
The symptoms of Graves’ Disease include:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Weight loss without an explanation
- Heat sensitivity
- Red skin
- Enlarged thyroid
- Changes in your menstrual cycle
- Erectile dysfunction
- Bulging eyes
- Lower libido
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, visit your doctor. A physical exam, blood test, radioactive iodine uptake, and an ultrasound are all tools that the doctor can perform in order to assist in giving the proper diagnosis.
Conventional therapy methods include beta-blockers, radioactive iodine therapy, anti-thyroid medication, and surgery. Lifestyle and dietary changes are beneficial as well in order to reduce symptoms of Graves’ disease naturally.
Get out and move. Any movement that requires some form of excursion on a regular basis is helpful. Develop a regular exercise routine. Take steps to reduce stress in your life.
Dietary changes can be very helpful. Eat more fresh vegetables and fruits, foods high in B-vitamins, herbs like turmeric, lemon balm and green tea, beans, healthy oils, cold-water fish, and lean meat. Eat less soy, refined grains, sugar, processed meats, red meats, and iron supplements. Avoid alcohol and tobacco. Move your body. Take nature walks. Get massages. Establish a sleep routine. Try acupuncture. Avoid stress and relax more.
By taking proper care of your body, you can reduce and control your symptoms of Graves’ Disease and reduce your risk or developing Graves’ Disease if you are not dealing with the condition.
Are you dealing with Graves’ Disease or any other thyroid or autoimmune condition? What steps are you taking to better your health and well-being? Comment below, we want to hear from you.