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    Mon, 08 Dec 2014 11:32:29

    Simply Red's Mick Hucknall Reveals He Had Thyroid Condition for a Decade - It was undiagnosed at first

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    • Simply Red - EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 18:  Kirsty Bertarelli sings on stage as she supports Mick Hucknall and Simply Red at Edinburgh Castle on July 18, 2010 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Kirsty, originally from England and living in Switzerland, where she released 'Elusive' in January, is currently working on her UK album.
    • Simply Red - EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 18:  Kirsty Bertarelli sings on stage as she supports Mick Hucknall and Simply Red at Edinburgh Castle on July 18, 2010 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Kirsty, originally from England and living in Switzerland, where she released 'Elusive' in January, is currently working on her UK album.
    • Simply Red - EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 18:  Kirsty Bertarelli sings on stage as she supports Mick Hucknall and Simply Red at Edinburgh Castle on July 18, 2010 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Kirsty, originally from England and living in Switzerland, where she released 'Elusive' in January, is currently working on her UK album.

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    Simply Red will reunite for a world tour in 2015. Singer Mick Hucknall has revealed that his thyroid condition went undiagnosed for a decade because he thought he was just dealing with the onset of old age!

    Hucknall revealed his hypothyroidism diagnosis in 2013 but has now said that he spent 10 years suffering from things like tiredness, aching joints and weight gain before a proper diagnosis was made.

    "I'm not fully recovered yet, but it's not as bad as it was," he told The Daily Mirror. "It was undiagnosed for years and the specialist I saw told me I'd probably had it since 1993. I had no idea. I knew I had aching joints and was tired all the time and had weight gain. But I thought it was simply growing old... I had mood swings, aching joints, fatigue, lots of connecting things with that."

    He didn't medicate out the wazoo. Instead, he elected to change his lifestyle and his diet.

    "I decided to recover very slowly by not taking the prescribed medication and doing it through diet alone," he confirmed. "In addition to caffeine, I had to cut out cruciferous vegetables... and eat more fish. I also had to get more selenium in my diet and take various vitamin and mineral supplements. Maybe I'm being irresponsible but I always get nervous about going down the drug road now. The specialist just gave me the options. Medication would have got rid of it in about three months or I could change my diet and lifestyle. I would say I'm about 80 to 90 percent recovered, but I still get these little glandular lumps on my neck now and then. But it is much, much improved. I feel in great shape."

    Something to chew on...literally.

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    —Amy Sciarretto
    12.08.14



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