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Dancing With the Stars Judge Carrie Ann Inaba Reveals Health Struggle

Carrie Ann Inaba

Dancing With The Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba opened up about her battle with lupus during an appearance on Live With Kelly and Ryan Thursday.

The Talk co-host said she was only recently diagnosed with the condition, and has started making changes in her lifestyle. Inaba is one of several celebrities who have discussed their battles with lupus, including Selena Gomez.

“I was recently diagnosed with lupus, I was actually told,” Carrie Ann Inaba explained. “It’s so weird. I was diagnosed with autoimmune 6 years ago, but my doctor didn’t tell me I had lupus. 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.'”

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Carrie Ann Inaba said she “quit diet coke” and no longer spends too much time 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.”

Inaba was also diagnosed with Iron Deficiency Anemia six years ago. She once thought her symptoms were just signs of getting older, but since being diagnosed, she has been able to lead a better life.

“Once I was diagnosed, it’s like I got my life back. 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,” Inaba recently told PEOPLE. “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.”

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