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Kelly Osbourne says thyroid problem caused rapid weight loss

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Saturday, November 14, 2015, 7:33 PM

Dr. Samadi says Osbourne's refusal to treat what may be hyperthyroidism can lead to other serious health complications.

Dr. Samadi says Osbourne’s refusal to treat what may be hyperthyroidism can lead to other serious health complications.

Kelly Osbourne, the daughter of legendary rock star Ozzy Osbourne, revealed that her recent rapid weight loss of about 30 pounds is actually a result of having a thyroid condition that has gone untreated.

It is unclear exactly what type of thyroid condition she has. However, it could be hyperthyroidism due to the fact that this type is most often associated with experiencing a dramatic drop in weight.

Osbourne has told the media that she has lost about 28 pounds and not intentionally.

She was not dieting or exercising. Apparently, Osbourne is also refusing the proper treatment because she feels that it will cause her to gain weight.

While this has stirred some controversy, her belief that the treatment will cause her to gain weight is apparently supported by medical research.

Regardless, this is not the smartest decision. The risk of not treating hyperthyroidism can lead to other serious health complications:

— High blood pressure, heart palpitations, high pulse rate, tachycardia

— Osteoporosis

— Irregular menstruation

— Hair loss or coarse, dry, brittle hair

— Frequent diarrhea

— Loss of sex drive

— Fatigue, exhaustion, insomnia

— Anxiety, nervousness, panic attacks, panic disorder

— Hand tremors

— Thyroid eye disease, eye irritation

— Weak muscles

— Hoarseness in the voice

— Depression

Hyperthyroidism is a condition that occurs when a person’s thyroid is overactive. In other words, the thyroid gland produces too much thyroxine.

It is a common condition that occurs more often in women than in men. The signs and symptoms include fatigue or muscle weakness, hand tremors, mood swings, nervousness or anxiety, rapid heartbeat, heart palpitations or irregular heartbeat, dry skin, difficulty sleeping, weight loss, increased frequency of bowel movements, and irregular periods such as light periods or skipping periods.

Dr. Samadi is a board-certified urologic oncologist trained in open and traditional and laparoscopic surgery, and an expert in robotic prostate surgery. He is chairman of urology, chief of robotic surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital and professor of urology at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. He is a medical correspondent for the Fox News Channel’s Medical A-Team and the chief medical correspondent for am970 in New York City, where he is heard Sundays at 10 a.m.

Learn more at roboticoncology.com and SamadiMD.com. Follow Dr. Samadi on Twitter and Facebook.


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