Although celebrities tend to be wholesome and glowing with their fabulous healthy diets, a lot of them do have chronic illnesses that plague them. Despite having fame and wealth, celebrities who are often looked upon as being untouchable, are human and do get sick. It’s just another reminder, that they do have some things in common with the rest of the world when they are not in the tabloids, or starring in another lead role, or jetting off on vacation.
Here are ten celebrities who currently (August 2015 update) suffer from health related illnesses.
Male celebrities with serious health problems
Jack Osbourne: Who was known as the wild child of the Osbourne family, is now 29 and has a three year old child. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis which has a whole host of symptoms due to the nerve cells in the brain and spinal chord being damaged. There is no cure for this disease, and is the most common autoimmune disorder that affects the central nervous system.
Miley Cyrus: Suffers from Tachycardia which increases the rate of her heartbeat so that it beats at a faster resting rate. Often adults who have a resting heartbeat of over 100 (rather than the average 60), are known to suffer from tachycardia.
Jon Hamm: Has Vitiligo which is a chronic skin condition that causes portions of skin to lose their pigment causing blotchy spots. There is no known cure, and the cause is unknown, however it has been linked to other autoimmune diseases, as well as oxidative stress. Jon states he never experienced it prior to his role on the popular show “Mad Men,” so stress may be the cause.
Michael J Fox: Who is known for his iconic role in Back to the Future, suffers from Parkinson’s Disease which is a movement disorder caused by the lack of dopamine being produced by the nerve cells in the brain.
Prince: Known as a popular figure for his music, he suffers from Epilepsy which is a brain disorder that causes reoccurring seizures. Essentially when nerve cells or neurons send out the wrong signals, this is what causes seizures. Epilepsy is known to cause abnormal brain development, brain injury as well as cause violent muscle spasms.
Daniel Radcliffe: Is famous for portraying Harry Potter in the Harry Potter Films, suffers from Cluster Headaches which are a series of headaches that create pain on one side of the head. Often the pain is severe, and it comes in waves. It is not a common illness, but it can definitely disrupt daily activities.
Alec Baldwin: Is known for many roles including a leading role on Beetlejuice and The Departed, suffers from Lyme Disease which is a bacterial infection that comes from a tick. Although most cases are curable, it is best treated in its early stages. It can cause fever, headaches, muscle and joint aches and stiff necks.
Michael C Hall: Is best known for his role as Dexter Morgan on the television show Dexter but also played David Fisher on HBO’s Six Feet Under. He suffers from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma which is a cancer of the lymph system. The lymph system is a part of the immune system, and the disease has no known cause.
Sick female celebrities with chronic conditions
Lady Gaga: The famous singer has Lupus which is an autoimmune disorder that attacks healthy cells and tissues in your body. The most common type of lupus is systemic lupus erythematosus. This is a serious health condition which affects various parts of the body. She also suffers from Synovitis which causes inflammation and swelling in tissues, most commonly found in hips. Luckily synovitis should only last a short while, but is a related symptom to lupus.
Halle Berry: Is best known for her roles in X-Men as well as the Flintstones, she suffers from Type One Diabetes which means her pancreas does not create insulin. The body uses insulin to regulate your blood glucose levels. When your blood sugar is too high it can lead to serious issues with the heart and nerves.
All of these diseases can cause debilitating symptoms which can put them into poor health if not managed correctly.