Missy Elliott treated for Graves' disease, which affects thyroid
Missy Elliott recently revealed that she has been treated for Graves' disease, an autoimmune disorder that is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism, or overactivity of the thyroid gland.
The hip hop star, who turns 40 on July 1, had kept out of the public eye in recent years. She was diagnosed in 2008 after suffering from symptoms such as impaired motor skills, dizzy spells, lumps in her throat, mood swings, hair loss, a fast heart rate and bulging eyes, People magazine said.
There is no cure for Graves' disease, named after an Irish doctor named Robert J. Graves, but its symptoms can be controlled or eliminated. Without treatment, the hyperthyroidism that can be caused by the ailment often leads to weight gain.
Since her diagnosis, Elliot has undergone treatment, which included radiation and medication, and is feeling better, People reported, quoting her as saying: "I'm 30 pounds lighter because I've been exercising. My thyroid is functioning, so I haven't had to take medication in about nine months."
Elliot won four Grammys between 2001 and 2005. She has released popular tracks such as "Work It" and "Get Ur Freak On" and produced the hit 2001 cover of "Lady Marmalade," which featured Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink and was featured on the soundtrack of the musical film "Moulin Rouge."
In 2009, Elliot told Elle magazine that she was working on her seventh studio album, tentatively called "Block Party."