Heather Rae El Moussa, star of Selling Sunset and The Flipping El Moussas, has opened up about her recent Hashimoto’s disease diagnosis. She also revealed on social media that she will not be returning to Selling Sunset for season 7.
In an interview with Today.com, Heather Rae said that she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease four months postpartum after noticing a drastic drop in her milk supply. She also experienced intense fatigue, which she initially attributed to being a new mom.
“I remember saying to my assistant, ‘I feel like I’m dead,” Heather Rae, 36, tells TODAY.com. “My brain was so tired. My body was so tired. I was exhausted all the time and no amount of sleep could make it better.”
However, when her lactation consultant suggested she get blood work done, she discovered that she had the autoimmune disorder.
“When she told me what I had, I was in total shock,” Heather Rae said. “I had never even heard of Hashimoto’s disease before.”
Hashimoto’s disease is a chronic condition in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland. This can lead to a variety of symptoms, including fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, and sensitivity to cold.
Heather Rae said that she is now on medication and is feeling much better. However, she admitted that the diagnosis was a challenge at first.
“It was really hard to come to terms with the fact that I had a chronic illness,” she said. “But I’m so grateful that I now know what’s wrong with me and that I’m able to get treatment.”
On October 5th, 2023, Heather Rae also revealed on Instagram that she was not invited back to Selling Sunset for season 7.
“Looks like I got pushed in the water…it’s a good thing I can swim!,” stated the caption in El Moussa’s post after referencing the new promo photo for the 7th season.
Heather Rae being pushed out of Selling Sunset comes after months of speculation about her future on the show. In March 2023, Heather Rae and her husband, Tarek El Moussa, premiered their new HGTV show The Flipping El Moussas.
However, it seems that Heather Rae isn’t worried too much about not being included in this season. The real estate agent has been working on other projects including motherhood.
What is Hashimoto’s disease?
Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes the body’s immune system to attack the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is responsible for producing hormones that regulate metabolism, growth, and development.
When the thyroid gland is attacked by the immune system, it cannot produce enough thyroid hormones. This can lead to a variety of symptoms, including:
- Brain fog
- Weight gain
- Sensitivity to cold
- Dry skin
- Hair loss
- Muscle weakness
What are the causes of Hashimoto’s disease?
The exact cause of Hashimoto’s disease is unknown, but it is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. People with a family history of Hashimoto’s disease are more likely to develop the disorder.
How is Hashimoto’s disease treated?
The most common treatment for Hashimoto’s disease is thyroid hormone replacement therapy. This involves taking a synthetic thyroid hormone medication to replace the thyroid hormones that the body is not producing on its own.
In some cases, people with Hashimoto’s disease may also need to take other medications to manage their symptoms. For example, people with depression may need to take antidepressants.
How is Heather Rae El Moussa managing her Hashimoto’s disease?
El Moussa said that she is currently managing her Hashimoto’s disease with thyroid hormone replacement therapy. She is also working on making lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly.
“I’m trying to be really mindful of my body and listen to what it needs,” El Moussa said. “I’m also trying to be patient with myself, because it takes time to adjust to a new diagnosis.”