The Doctors: Hollywood’s Biggest Health Headlines
Hollywood stars are people, too, and they get sick just like you and me. The only difference is that when they suffer from a health issue, it makes headlines all over the world. That’s why The Doctors dedicated their show to Hollywood’s biggest health headlines. What better place to start than the most famous woman in the world: Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, and her recent hospitalization.
The Drs: Kate Middleton Hyperemesis Gravidarum
When Kate Middleton was recently hospitalized, she was forced to announce her pregnancy to the world. People on both sides of the pond are excited and thrilled at the news of a future royal baby, but just how serious is Kate’s condition? The Doctors investigated the mysterious ailment making headlines all over the world.
Kate’s “severe morning sickness” is called hyperemesis gravidarum, a very rare condition affecting just one in 100 pregnant women. Extreme fatigue and vomiting is likely what put Kate in the hospital when she was an estimated 12 weeks along. Hormonal imbalance is thought to be the main cause of hyperemesis gravidarum.
Dr. Lisa Masterson: What is Morning Sickness?
Most women experience morning sickness to some degree during pregnancy, but what actually causes it? First of all, “morning sickness” is definitely a misnomer, because it can occur at any time of day. During the first trimester, a woman’s body is overwhelmed by surging hormones such as estrogen. Estrogen is also what causes a heightened sense of smell, which can trigger the brain’s gag reflex at the smell of something unpleasant. Nausea and vomiting during the first trimester is perfectly normal in pregnancy.
Dr. Lisa Masterson: Morning Sickness Vs. Hyperemesis Gravidarum
However, when you can’t keep down foods or liquids, you may be at risk for hyperemesis gravidarum, and that is dangerous. People at risk for the condition are young women, first-time mothers or those with multiple pregnancies. It’s important to understand the differences between morning sickness vs. hyperemesis gravidarum.
Hyperemesis gravidarum can cause dehydration, imbalances and weight loss. But with hospitalization and proper care, it isn’t life-threatening.
Dr. Lisa Masterson: Morning Sickness Cures
Anti-nausea pills will often be used to treat morning sickness. However, foods such as crackers, dry toast, ginger ale, ginger tea and flat sodas will also help. When Dr. Lisa was pregnant with her son, she had crackers with her at all time – even on the dashboard of her car!
Check out all of Dr. Lisa’s explanation in the video below.
The Drs: Anne Hathaway Weight Loss
The Doctors then turned to another famous young woman, actress Anne Hathaway. Anne’s drastic 25-pound weight loss for her role in Les Miserables was apparently achieved by eating just two oatmeal squares per day for an entire month. The extreme diet definitely sounds unpleasant, but is it actually unsafe?
Yes! The Drs. explained that – similar to hyperemesis gravidarum – this diet actually leads to starvation. The entire body is affected, as well as your hormones and electrolytes. The result is a state called ketoacidosis. Take a look at the doctor’s thoughts on the “Les Mis” diet.
Anne Hathaway: “Les Mis” Diet
“This is NOT a way to lose weight,” Dr. Travis Stork said emphatically. Anne recently told Entertainment Weekly, “I couldn’t sleep, I was so starving…I was in a manic state.” The Doctors all agreed that Anne is a very talented actress, but no one should be emulating the way she chose to drastically change her appearance.
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