Word came yesterday that Nick Cannon was hospitalized for what Mariah Carey called "mild kidney failure" via Twitter We all have been sending out well wishes, thoughts, and prayers their way, but plenty of questions are arising as well.
First, they were "straaaaaanded in Aspen," but now he's been transferred back to a hospital in L.A. Does that mean he's better? What is mild kidney failure anyway, and is it even a real condition? The Los Angeles Times quoted Dr. Bryan Becker, past president of the National Kidney Foundation, who said no, it really isn't.
He speculated that instead Cannon may have had some decrease in kidney function that could have been caused by things like illness, dehydration, or taking an over-the-counter medication such as Motrin or Advil. "For someone to have it and to be hospitalized raises an extra level of concern," Becker told the paper.
Those close to Cannon are shocked that he's suffering from such problems. His friend DJ Irie told People:
Of all the people, he is healthy beyond belief. He does not drink, he eats healthy, and he works out regularly.
Dr. Michael Smith speculated on WebMd that one cause for such a condition could be the use of dietary supplements. That could make sense given his cut-up bod, but the truth is, we just don't know right now.
Nor do we know how long his recovery will be, or if he'll need dialysis. Dr. Becker said that would depend on the cause of the illness, but gave no time parameters. Hopefully, it's something minor that he can move on from quickly, but the kidneys are vital organs.
"Your kidneys help get rid of much of the waste that your body produces throughout the day," Smith said. "When they go bad, it has a serious impact on your entire system."
Earlier today Cannon tweeted a picture of himself getting his hair trimmed, with a caption that read "getting back to business." He's looking good, at least. Hopefully that's a good sign that he's feeling good as well, and that we'll see him fully recovered and out and about soon.
Have you ever suffered from kidney problems? Know anyone who has?
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