Victoria Justice Battles Hashimoto’s Disease, Opens Up About It In New Interview
Victoria Justice is opening up for the first time about her battle with Hashimoto, an autoimmune thyroid disorder, that can cause skin problems and weight gain. In a new interview, Miss Justice claimed that the illness had caused her to feel insecure but is thankful that a new diet and exercise are helping her cope.
Victoria Justice, 22, has decided to talk about her battle with Hashimoto’s disease and the steps she has been taking to live a healthier life.
Justice is the cover girl of Health magazine’s November issue where she is featured in a very sexy photoshoot wearing a cutout green bathing suit and lot of beautiful dresses. Looking at the stunning photos, it is hard to imagine that the iCarly star has been struck with an illness that has caused weight gain, panic disorder and acne problem.
The Eye Candy actress is suffering from what is known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, which is an autoimmune disease that is defined below. According to experts:
Hashimoto’s disease is a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid, a small gland at the base of your neck below your Adam’s apple. The thyroid gland is part of your endocrine system, which produces hormones that coordinate many of your body’s activities.
The symptoms that are associated with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis include fatigue, weight gain, joint and muscle pain, constipation, irregular periods, depression, panic disorder, a slowed heart rate, and problems getting pregnant. Justice revealed how the disease destroyed her skin by saying:
“All my life I’ve always had great skin, so it was really devastating. Also, at first, I was losing a lot of weight, then I went on tour and I started gaining weight, and it was the most I’d ever gained in my life. I was, like, 115 pounds. Then when I filmed a movie last summer, I actually went under 100 pounds.”
Justice went on to reveal that she was originally on medication, but after making some changes including dieting and exercising, she is now living a normal life. The actress explained:
“They had put me on this thyroid medication, and I think the levels were too high for me because it caused my skin to break out. . . .Also, at first, I was losing a lot of weight, then I went on tour and I started gaining weight, and it was the most I’d ever gained in my life. I was, like, 115 pounds. Then when I filmed a movie last summer, I actually went under 100 pounds. It was crazy, but things have leveled out, and I’m back to normal.”
She went on to say that she is now a big fan of twerking and mediation. She stated:
“To be honest, I used to hate working out, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that it gives me so much more energy, and it just makes me feel so much better.”
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