Victoria Justice Reveals Hashimoto’s Disease Diagnosis
Victoria Justice is suffering from a thyroid autoimmune disorder.
The Eye Candy actress opened up about her struggles with Hashimoto’s, a disease that can lead to an underactive thyroid gland and affect the metabolism, in her latest interview with Health magazine. Gracing the cover of the publication’s November 2015 issue, the 22-year-old said that living with the disorder drastically changed her outer appearance.
“A few years ago, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, which is a thyroid autoimmune disorder [that can interfere with thyroid function and affect metabolism],” she said , detailing that she had to go on a “super-strict” pescatarian diet and couldn’t eat wheat, dairy, or sugar for two months.
“They had put me on this thyroid medication, and I think the levels were too high for me because it caused my skin to break out,” she explained. “All my life I’ve always had great skin, so it was really devastating.”
Acne aside, Justice also added that her weight fluctuated at the time.
“At first, I was losing a lot of weight, then I went on tour and I started gaining weight, and it was the most I’d ever gained in my life. I was, like, 115 pounds,” she told the magazine. “Then when I filmed a movie last summer, I actually went under 100 pounds.”
While the former Nickelodeon star admitted “things have leveled out” and she’s “back to normal,” Justice said the ordeal affected her mentally.
“It definitely did affect my confidence, and it made me a little bit more self-conscious. But at the end of the day, I had the support of my family and friends. I knew that the people around me had my back,” she said. “Now I really empathize with people who have issues with their skin, because it can get you down.”
She continued, “I still have Hashimoto’s. But my numbers are back to normal, and I’m not on medication. I feel good.”