Gastrointestinal diseases are something we tend to want to keep private, but there are plenty of famous faces who have opened up, at least briefly, about their struggles.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Celiac Disease
Former star of The View and Survivor Elisabeth Hasselback realized she might have celiac when she was eating a severely restricted diet while filming Survivor: The Australian Outback in 2001.
“No matter what I ate, I would soon be doubled over with cramps, awful indigestion, diarrhea — or all of the above simultaneously,” she told the NY Daily News in 2009.
Hasselbeck now follows a gluten-free diet to manage her condition.
Shannen Doherty: Crohn’s Disease
One of the stars of Beverly Hills, 90210 and Charmed, Shannen Doherty revealed she has Crohn’s back in 1999 to Star Magazine.
“It can kind of mess with you,” she said. “There’s nothing sexy about women saying: ‘I’ve got to go to the bathroom right now.’”
Despite her battle with Crohn’s, we’re pretty sure plenty of people still think Shannen Doherty is sexy.
Bill Clinton: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton suffered from gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, while in office. The hoarseness of his voice during his tenure may be at least in part attributed to the disease. After undergoing a quadruple bypass (he had ignored symptoms of heart problems, attributing them instead to his GERD), he now follows a strict vegan diet and avoids foods that can exacerbate GERD, like greasy foods and chocolate
Tyra Banks: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Tyra Banks revealed in an interview with Janet Jackson on her talk show Tyra that she suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS.
“I’m very gassy, but I feel like I can telegraph my farts .. If it is going to be funky, I’ll let it out and I’ll be like, ‘Dang! Who did that?’”
We like a lady who’s not afraid to talk about her gas issues.
Dr. Oz: Precancerous Colon Polyps
Of all the people in the world you’d expect to have perfect health, Dr. Mehmet Oz is one of them. When he turned 50, he chronicled his first colonoscopy on his show, during which a precancerous colon polyp was discovered. It was removed during the colonoscopy, and he has said that not putting off the routine health task literally saved his life.
“I did what was recommended [by going for a colonoscopy at age 50],” he said in an interview with Esquire. “And as [my doctor] so beautifully declared with my ugly diagnosis, the sound I heard was a bullet whizzing past my head.”
Dr. Oz’s message is a poignant one. You can watch his colonoscopy experience on his website.
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