Monday, 30 December 2013

Hyperthyroidism diagnosis for Jet Li

Actor Jet Li says he’s being treated for an overactive thyroid, but he’s determined to fight the condition head-on.
The Chinese action star known for his kung fu skills discussed his diagnosis during the taping of a talent show he’s judging in China.
In Tuesday’s taping, the 50-year-old Li appeared to have a fuller face and heavier frame.
He said his weight has fluctuated but he’s taking it all in stride. Li joked about his weight and said, “I’m fat. I don’t have the time to lose it. It’s a fact!”
He explained that exercise is not advised with the medication he’s taking. An overactive thyroid, or hyperthyroidism, causes changes in a person’s metabolism and heart rate, among other symptoms, but is generally treatable with medications.
Li was diagnosed in 2010. He kept his condition under control with medication, but it came back with a vengeance recently.
He said that he’s tackling his illness head-on. “I’m just a regular guy, I’m not Huang Feihong, I’m not Huo Yuanjia (kung fu heroes he portrays on film), I’m not a hero. I’m just like you.”
Li turned to acting and began showing off his kung fu skills on big screens in the 1980s. He admitted that at times he was unsure if he would be able to carry on with work, but he’s determined. “I’m in pain, but I’m not suffering. I’m happy."
Source: Shanghai Daily

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