Actress Sophia Vergara was diagonised with the disease thyroid when
she was 28. She went through surgery to remove it. At 40-years now,
she's diagonised with hypothyroidism, and has been taking prescribed
medication 'Synthroid' to control her hormone levels every day ever
The Columbian hottie was the spokeswoman of a new campaign 'Follow The
Script' by Abbvie. The campaign is focused on educating individuals
The Modern Family actress opens up on how it affects her life.
Vergara revealed that she discovered her thyroid issue while at her
son Manolo's doctor's appointment in 2000. The physician convinced her
to get a check-up and then found out that her thyroid was abnormal
just by touching her throat. They did a biopsy and uncovered that her
thyroid was, in fact, cancerous.
"They removed my thyroid and since then I have to use medication," she
told reporters at the event. "I got rid of the cancer and then for me
it was, 'Oh shoot, now I have to live with this condition my whole
life ... I have to be on medication my whole life and I don't have a
thyroid.' So, of course I had to make myself realize what was going on
with my body and I have to say in the past ten years, I never had a
problem. I'm very very straight with the way I try to do what the
doctor says and I go to my doctor religiously and get my blood tests."
"I have the thing [prescription bottle] in my night table and before I
go to sleep I put [a pill] out, so I just open my eyes and take it,"
she explained."Usually I'm a morning person, so I want to have
breakfast and immediately eat and everything, so for me this is
torture! Like, if I'm working it's fine because the minute Iwake up I
shower, so while I'm showering a half hour, an hour goes by, but when
I'm on the weekend, I'mlike in my bed, 'This is torture waiting[to
eat] 29 minutes … 30 minutes … ok,I can eat something!'" she joked.
"But I mean it's simple, it's like everything –- you get used to it."
"You shouldn't do too much of anything -- that could mean working out,
that could mean dieting like crazy. I mean, I drink alcohol, but like
a little bit. You have to live your life and be happy because I think
being happy and not stressing all the time also helps you. You know,
having yourgood times and being healthy," she explained.
"But it's important to go tothe doctor, to have your checkups, to
workout, eat healthy, everything. Do everything that you can."
"At the beginning when I had the cancer, I thought, 'I'm going to eat
everything organic, everything healthy,' because you're thinking,
'What caused this cancer?' You know, Ididn't smoke, I didn't do many
things that were unhealthy, so I did become a little crazy, but after
three months I realized this is so exhausting!" she said, continuing,
"It was insane, like having shots of spinach, I mean crazy! So I tried
to do healthy things, but not[get] crazy."
"I think the most important part for me is my dosage and not thinking
because I have hypothyroidism, [I have to be healthy]," Vergara
"I think everybody should try to eat healthy and work out and exercise
for everything. Even for anti-aging, you're going to look better
you're going to feel better for everything."