Nick Cannon attends the NBCUniversal summer press day held at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on April 18, 2012 in Pasadena
*Nick Cannon has had to overhaul his entire diet following his recent health scare.
The “America’s Got Talent” host was hospitalized with kidney failure and blood clots on his lungs before being diagnosed with autoimmune disease lupus nephritis earlier this year.
Since choosing healthier foods, he said: ”I feel better than I’ve ever been. I’m in the best shape that I’ve ever been in. Since this whole thing has happened, I haven’t had any salt, red meat, fast food. [I've only had] chicken and fish. I feel so great. I’m juicing a lot.”
As previously reported, the 31-year-old star and wife Mariah Carey will celebrate their twins Moroccan and Monroe’s first birthday on April 30, and are planning to head overseas as a family.
”It’s amazing. It goes by so fast,” he said. “We’re going away. We’re taking a break. It’s going to be exciting. We’re doing something special and something unique.”
But with their increasing age comes increasing mobility, much to Nick’s terror. He explained to People Magazine: ”They’re trying to walk and I’m nervous because they’re at that age when anything can happen. My son has this thing where he loves banging his head and crushing stuff. Something new is happening every day.”
Actor/comedian Nick Cannon attends a benefit for the United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Foundation at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 7, 2012 in New York City
*Nick Cannon was hospitalized for the fourth time in three months last week after suffering pain in his chest and right arm, he told listeners of his New York radio show today.
The entertainer was recently diagnosed with acute kidney failure after falling ill during a vacation with his wife Mariah Carey and twin children Moroccan and Monroe in Aspen. He subsequently underwent surgery in Los Angeles and returned for further treatment in January.
But Cannon had to seek doctors’ help again last Friday. This time, he was diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs and an enlarged ventricle in his heart.
He went back to work on Wednesday and decided to fill in his radio listeners Thursday morning.
Admitting it was “quite serious”, he explained, “I was trying to downplay it a lot, even in my own mind.
“I travel a lot. Anyone who flies a lot can be a victim to getting blood clots because it can start in your legs or your lower back (from sitting for an extended period of time). That, on top of my previous condition (kidney failure) made me more prone to (getting blood clots). I couldn’t sleep because I was in so much pain. I was having a lot of pain in my back.”
He said, “My doctor was saying that my work is going to kill me – and he’s not joking. I think part of the reason why my health did kind of deteriorate was because I wasn’t resting a lot and I was doing too much. I was overworking myself, working out too much.
“I always took a lot of pride in working so hard and never taking a day off. But I’m learning that it isn’t the wisest thing all the time, especially being a new father. Not only wanting to spend more time with my children, but wanting to be there for my children.”
*Despite starting the year off in the hospital, Nick Cannon is in good spirits for 2012 and he’s grateful to have a good wife and two precious kids by his side.
Cannon shared with listeners on 92.3 NOW radio show in New York about his recent bout with kidney failure.
“I’m one of those people who have always been this way… I thought I was healthy. I was trying to be Superman and I hadn’t slept for maybe four days because I was taking care of the kids.”
“Two days before New Year’s, I started to feel this horrible pain in my back, they did some more test,” he said. “They came and told me that my kidneys aren’t functioning. Not just one — not the one that was in pain — but both of them weren’t functioning right. My immune system started to attack my kidneys… And my kidneys pretty much failed.”
But through it all, his woman was there with him every step of the way. He says he’s luck, blessed and thankful.
He’s back to normal for the most part and he admits he’s learned his lessons about hard work.
In a radio interview with shock jock Howard Stern he said, “I’m good. I’m feeling 100 percent… Because of this situation I know that I don’t need to go so hard. It’s more about just my way of living. It’s really about taking some time.”
And he’s vowing to start a new diet that excludes sodium.
Below he describes that diet to an MTV News reporter:
*As we reported earlier, Nick Cannon was taken to the hospital after suffering from kidney failure. His wife Mariah Carey tweeted the shocking news: “Please pray for Nick as he’s fighting to recover from a mild kidney failure. #mybraveman.”
The emergency served as a wake up call to African Americans everywhere. According to the national Kidney Foundation, for every 1 million Black people nearly 1,000 will be affected by kidney disease.
But at only 31 years old, some question how did this happen.
Dr. Bryan Becker told Essence.com that Cannon’s hospitalization might be due to acute kidney injury.
“I don’t know that he has kidney failure on dialysis,” Dr. Becker tells Essence.com. “I think it may be that just his kidney numbers, his serum creatinine measure, decreased. It could be something as simple as being in Colorado — where Cannon and Carey are currently vacationing — not drinking enough fluids, and being dehydrated.”
Cannon was transferred to a Los Angeles hospital to continue treatment after being treated in Aspen, Colo.
Etta James performs at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds Race Course on April 26, 2009 in New Orleans
*Blues legend Etta James is said to be terminally ill and has little time left after battling leukemia, dementia and kidney failure for several years now, according to the singer’s live-in physician.
Dr. Elaine James—who is not related to the 73-year-old Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer but has been providing the singer with around-the-clock care at the latter’s home—told SoCal’s Riverside Press-Enterprise that medical experts informed the performer two weeks ago that her chronic leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, was incurable.
“I am Southern and Christian and would just ask for the prayers of her fans and friends,” the physician, who hails from South Carolina, told the newspaper following a court hearing regarding James’ $1 million estate.
The doctor says she wanted to go public to let James’ fans know the severity of her condition.
“They know she’s been sick, but not how sick,” she said.
James is barely able to communicate at this point, the physician added.
The probate proceeding in Riverside Superior Court was being held to determine whether legal authority over James’ affairs should be transferred from husband Artis Mills to her son, Donto James, who’s expressed concerns over his mother’s treatment and care.
Another hearing is set for Monday, but a settlement is reportedly in the works.