Nick Cannon: Rare Form of Lupus 'Attacking My Kidneys'

Nick Cannon: Rare Form of Lupus 'Attacking My Kidneys'

Funny man Nick Cannon is making some serious changes, both personally and professionally, for the sake of his health. In a candid interview with ABC's " Good Morning America," Cannon revealed the truth about the health scare that forced him to resign from his morning radio show in February.

"The technical term is lupus nephritis," he explained. "It's a rare form of lupus that's just attacking my kidneys. They thought it was just kidney disease and then they were trying to figure out why my immune system was attacking my kidneys and that was sort of the root of it all."

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Cannon was initially diagnosed with kidney failure while on a family vacation with superstar wife Mariah Carey and their twins Moroccan and Monroe. Just a few short weeks later, he found himself back in the hospital again. At that time, doctors discovered that the "America's Got Talent" host had blood clots in his lungs and an enlarged heart.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect any part of the body, such as joints, kidneys, and lungs. Because of its vague symptoms, lupus is often very difficult for doctors to diagnose. According to the Lupus Foundation of America , roughly one-third of people with lupus will develop nephritis, which occurs when lupus causes inflammation of the kidneys.

The media personality is very fortunate. "A lot of people have passed away from that and the doctor said luckily I was in such great shape and taking care of myself because a lot of people have been taken down by it," continued Cannon.

Fully focused on recovery, the proud papa is making several lifestyle changes. In addition to getting more sleep, he is also required to stay away from junk food. And while that means no more McDonald's, it also means Nick Cannon will be healthy for a long time to come.