News: Nick Cannon Details Health Battle, "It's A Rare Form Of Lupus That's Just Attacking My Kidneys" [Video]

Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 2:00PM

Written by Biz Jones

Hollywood actor Nick Cannon recently opened up on his publicized medical complications which forced him intoearly radio hosting retirement, revealing just how serious his lupus condition is.

Appearing on "Good Morning America," Cannon explained how much of an impact lupus has had on his kidneys.

"The technical term is lupus nephritis," he explained. "It's a rare form of lupus that's just attacking my kidneys. 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 media personality is very fortunate. "A lot of people have passed away from that and the doctor said luckily I was in such great shape and taking care of myself because a lot of people have been taken down by it," continued Cannon. (Billboard)

Last week, the 31 year-old comedian and entertainer delved into his health problems.

He also revealed that the kidney disease was a result of an "autoimmune disease that [doctors] found in my system," and his blood clots were directly connected to his kidney infection. "It's a lot of stuff," said Cannon, "but it's all in order now." When asked by PEOPLE if his condition was hereditary, Cannon said, "They kind of say [my] autoimmune [disease] is - like a lupus type of thing, but no one else in my family has it." For now, Cannon is just focusing on getting better - as well as on his young family with wife Mariah Carey. "I feel blessed to be alive," Cannon said. "If it wasn't discovered, I don't know [what would have happened]." (PEOPLE)

Autoimmune disease is treatable with proper medication and health moderation.

Autoimmune diseases arise from an inappropriate immune response of the body against substances and tissues normally present in the body. In other words, the immune system mistakes some part of the body as a pathogen and attacks its own cells. This may be restricted to certain organs (e.g. in autoimmune thyroiditis) or involve a particular tissue in different places (e.g. Goodpasture's disease which may affect the basement membrane in both the lung and the kidney). The treatment of autoimmune diseases is typically with immunosuppression--medication which decreases the immune response. (Wikipedia)

Around mid-February, Cannon shocked fans by announcing a departure from his daily New York radio show.

"Under doctor's orders, I have been asked to put my health first and cut back on some of my professional commitments in order to allow my body to get the rest that it needs to keep up with the demands of my multi-tasking schedule. It has been an absolute pleasure working with CBS RADIO and the 92.3 NOW morning show team and I would like to thank them for their unwavering support. I will continue to host my syndicated "Cannon's Countdown" weekend show and look forward to contributing to 92.3 NOW whenever possible. Even Superman has to sleep." (92.3 NOW)

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