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Wendy Williams Is Taking A Break From Her Show After Being Diagnosed With Graves' Disease

The talk show host, who said she will be taking a three-week break per her doctor's orders, also acknowledged that some viewers had spotted the signs.

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Wendy Williams on Wednesday told viewers that she has been diagnosed with Graves' disease, and that her doctor has ordered her to take a three-week break from her show.

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Williams said she knew she had thyroid issues, but did not know she was struggling with hyperthyroidism, or overproduction of thyroid hormones, from Graves' disease. Instead, she thought she was going through a mix of menopause and stress from helping her son apply for college.

An excess of those hormones can cause a wide range of health issues, depending on the person, including heart tremors, anxiety, and shakiness, according to the Mayo Clinic. Some people can experience inflammation and twitching of the muscles around their eyes, which Williams acknowledged viewers had noticed earlier.

"You caught it before I did," she said.

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After Williams announced the news, her fans expressed their support on social media.

@WendyWilliams SO PROUD OF YOU FOR TAKING TIME OFF. YOU NEED THIS REST AND WE LOVE YOU FOR LISTENING TO YOUR DOCTOR… https://t.co/3ZV8px7H8E

@WendyWilliams Hi Wendy read about your diagnoses. I have had Graves for 25 years. Once the Dr. Gets your thyroid n… https://t.co/yH5sMfSFwB

@WendyWilliams Finally! I watch u every day Wendy everyday, but......yes u have to take care of yourself. Its a Mus… https://t.co/AGDmgZzHFQ

Marcus Jones is an entertainment reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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