- POSTED: 26 Dec 2013 17:00
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Action star Jet Li revealed Tuesday during a recording session for a Chinese television show that he suffers from hyperthyroidism.
TAICANG, China: Action star Jet Li revealed during a recording session for a Chinese televised talent show on Tuesday that he is suffering from hyperthyroidism, reported Chinese media.
“I have hyperthyroidism, sometimes I’d lose 15 kilogrammes, sometimes I’d gain 15 kilogrammes,” said Li, who appeared to be a little chubbier than before.
“I’m really fat right now. That’s a fact. And I haven’t had a chance to slim down, because the medication I am taking controls my heart rate, so I cannot exercise.
“Because even when I’m not exercising, my heart rate can hit 130 or 140 at times (a heart rate of 60-100 is considered normal for adults),” said Li.
"I’ll wait till the doctor says I can do simple exercises before slimming down."
Hyperthyroidism is a condition caused by an overactive thyroid gland, a gland which regulates metabolic processes in the human body.
The condition cannot be cured, only managed, and may cause symptoms like an elevated heart rate, irritability and fatigue.
However, Li, who will be a judge on the talent show, seemed to be taking it all in his stride.
“I am not Wong Fei Hung, not Huo Yuan Jia, or that Hero (characters he had played in his past films).
“Like you, I have brilliant days when I am at my best ... as well as days when I question whether I can still continue working,” said Li.
“I can be in pain, but I cannot cry, and must face it head on.”