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Anna Gunn's weight loss was caused by steroid injections for lupus, says tabloid

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"Breaking Bad" star Anna Gunn's eye-popping recent weight loss may be related to the autoimmune disease lupus, according to a new tabloid report.

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“Anna Gunn has lupus, but it’s not widely known," an unnamed source told HollywoodLife. "This is why she looked heavier in 'Breaking Bad.' The steroid injections cause swelling and weight gain. It’s been a challenge for her, but she takes good care of herself as best she can."

Lupus causes facial swelling, extreme fatigue, puffiness, headaches and joint pain.

It's uncertain how reliable this claim is since HollywoodLife has a history of making unsubstantiated allegations about celebrities.

When asked about her weight loss in September 2013, Gunn explained that she had gained weight while filming season six of Breaking Bad after taking the drug cortisone. Anna said she then quickly lost the weight after she stopped taking cortisone.

I was actually ill while I was filming the show and it affected my weight. They gave me cortisone and I puffed up and gained weight. Now I'm better, thank God."

Cortisone (or hydrocortisone) is a steroid hormone typically used to treat gland and hormone disorders, arthritis, lupus, skin diseases, allergies, and asthma. Weight gain is a known side effect of cortisone.

The Anna Gunn lupus claims come shortly after news surfaced that Selena Gomez is battling lupus and canceled the Asian and Australian leg of her world tour to tend to her health.

Earlier this month, actress Kristen Johnston revealed she was diagnosed with lupus myelitis and spent two weeks being treated for the illness at the Mayo Clinic.

Johnston isn't the celebrity who has gone public about coping with lupus. In 2010, Lady Gaga revealed she tested "borderline positive" for lupus, which she manages through stress reduction, a healthy diet and rigorous workouts. Gaga said she has a genetic predisposition toward lupus, and said her aunt died from it.

In 2012, singer Toni Braxton was hospitalized for health complications related to lupus-induced blood clots. She is doing fine now.

In 2011 and again in 2012, Nick Cannon was hospitalized for kidney failure induced by lupus nephritis. Cannon is now doing better after scaling back his hectic work schedule.



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