According to news reports, Osbourne is also refusing treatment, because she fears regaining the weight.
Osbourne has been telling the press that she has lost two stone (28 pounds), and that it was not through exercise or diet.
Osbourne reportedly told The Mirror:
"Forget all that healthy-eating bulls***. I have a thyroid problem which means I s*** all the time. My doctors want me to start taking steroids for it but f*** that. I don't want to put all the weight back on again."
Are Osbourne's Concerns Unfounded?Osbourne's decision to refuse treatment is controversial, however, her belief that treatment will cause her to gain weight is supported by medical research. Studies have shown that weight lost during the hyperthyroid period is frequently regained, with a mean post-treatment weight gain of some 8 pounds per year.
The Risks of Non-TreatmentUnfortunately, if Osbourne does in fact have untreated hyperthyroidism, she is taking a substantial risk. Someone who is hyperthyroid but refusing treatment faces a number of potential health implications, including:
- Osteoporosis -- periods of hyperthyroid disease without treatment can rapidly advance bone loss, and cause osteoporosis and loss of bone density earlier in life.
- Fatigue, exhaustion, insomnia
- Tremors, shaking hands
- Heart palpitations, high pulse rate, tachycardia
- High blood pressure
- Frequent diarrhea
- Anxiety, nervousness, panic attacks, panic disorder
- Weak muscles
- Coarse, dry, brittle hair or hair loss
- Hoarseness in the voice
- Loss of sex drive
- Irregular menstruation
- Thyroid eye disease, eye irritation
Could You Be Hyperthyroid?Find out more about hyperthyroidism here at the About.com site: here for more information on Mary Shomon.
Sources: Virgin.net's Music news, KellyOsbourne.com