Nick Cannon Gets Serious While Discussing Lupus Diagnosis

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 04/07/2014 | 03:00 PM EDT

The comedian and actor says he filmed his health journey to share with the world

While Nick Cannon is known as a funny guy, he was recently all seriousness when discussing his 2012 lupus diagnosis with Huffington Post Live. The comedian and actor opened up about the condition and why he decided to film his journey.


"It actually drives me. It was one of those things where, even when I first got sick, I told them to turn the cameras on. I created the NCredible Health Hustle and I wanted to document this process because I wanted to inspire others that may be dealing with this condition or a similar condition. To say, you don't have to let it stop you."


Cannon, 33, has lupus nephritis, an autoimmune condition that affects the kidneys. He said that his health has improved since being diagnosed.


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"I want to continue to educate, show people that you can live with this condition and similar conditions as long as you live right. And as long as you have that drive," he added. "I always say I've changed my test into a testimony. I just want to get out there and continue to educate and be that pillar in the community to say, 'hey, well he's doing it and he's strong when he does it.' So I feel like it's given me new purpose on this Earth, so I embrace it wholeheartedly."


Symptoms of lupus nephritis include joint pain or swelling, muscle pain, fever with no known cause, red rashes, often on the face, which are also called butterfly rashes because of their shape. According to health professionals, people with lupus nephritis and high blood pressure may benefit from reducing sodium intake, often from salt.


For more information visit www.kidney.niddk.nih.gov.


Watch Nick Cannon's interview below:


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