For the last six years, Carrie Ann Inaba has been living with an autoimmune disorder diagnosed by her doctor. While stopping by Live! With Kelly and Ryan on Thursday, September 26, the beloved Dancing With the Stars judge revealed she has actually been suffering from lupus.
“I was recently diagnosed with lupus, I was actually told,” the 51-year-old beauty explained to hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. “It’s so weird. I was diagnosed with autoimmune six years ago, but my doctor didn’t tell me I had lupus.”
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Carrie then explained that she wasn’t made aware of her actual diagnosis until she went in for a procedure years after. “I was having a colonoscopy and I saw my chart [read] lupus and I was like, ‘This is not my chart,’ and they were like, ‘You have lupus,'” she said. “So my doctor had forgotten to tell me.”
Since then, Carrie has made changes in her life that have made living with lupus a little easier. “I quit [drinking] diet coke,” The Talk cohost dished, adding that she also “stopped going in the sun because when you have lupus you’re allergic to UV light, which I didn’t know, so I was causing my own flare-ups.”
Even though these changes have improved her quality of life, Carrie confessed that it didn’t make quitting any easier. “I’m from Hawaii, that’s what we do,” she said of sunbathing and enjoying the weather from her home state.
Back in May, the brunette beauty opened up about her difficult battle with autoimmune diseases. In an interview with People, Carrie revealed how thankful she was for her conditions, including fibromyalgia and Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA), after being left in the dark for so many years.
“Once I was diagnosed, it’s like I got my life back,” the In Living Color actress gushed. “I am so grateful. There’s a blessing in some of these health conditions because it gives you a greater awareness of your own health. It makes you take care of yourself and realize it’s a very important component of a healthy lifestyle is to see the doctor regularly, make sure that you’re keeping up all your checkups and getting the right tests.”
We are so happy Carrie is on the road to living her best — and healthiest — life!