Ashton Kutcher Shares Details of Secret Battle Against Rare Autoimmune Disease – National | Globalnews.ca

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Ashton Kutcher said he is “lucky to be alive” after suffering from a rare disease that left him unable to see, hear or walk.

Kutcher revealed his struggle with vasculitis, an autoimmune disorder, for the first time on an episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge, airing on National Geographic.

On the episode, Grylls asked Kutcher where his strength comes from, to which the actor replied, “Two years ago, I had this weird, super rare form of vasculitis that left me blind. It knocked out my hearing. It destroyed, like, my whole balance.”

Kutcher, 44, said it took him about a year to regain his senses and balance again.

“You don’t really appreciate it until it’s gone, until you say, ‘I don’t know if I’ll ever see again, I don’t know if I’ll ever see.’ hear again, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to walk again,’” she says.

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Actor and director Harold Ramis died of complications from vasculitis in 2014. The caddyshack, National Lampoon Vacation Y groundhog day The director suffered from the disease for four years before dying at the age of 69.

Kutcher added at the end of the interview: “The moment you start to see your obstacles as things that are made for you, to give you what you need, then life starts to get fun, right? You start to navigate above your problems instead of living below them.

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What is vasculitis?

Vasculitis is a family of rare diseases that causes inflammation of the blood vessels, according to the Mayo Clinic. The inflammation then restricts blood flow, which can lead to organ and tissue damage or even an aneurysm. If an aneurysm bursts, it can cause internal bleeding and death.

General symptoms of vasculitis include fever, headaches, fatigue, weight loss, and aches and pains. If the disease progresses, more serious symptoms can include blindness, hearing loss, ulcers, dizziness, bleeding under the skin, and difficulty breathing.

“The exact cause of vasculitis is not fully understood,” writes the Mayo Clinic. “Some types are related to a person’s genetic makeup. Others are the result of the immune system mistakenly attacking cells in the blood vessels.”

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Vasculitis can affect anyone, but age, family history, drug use, and previous medical problems can increase the chance of getting the disease.

A study published in Nature found that giant cell arteritis (GCA) is the most common form of vasculitis in older people, most commonly affecting people of Northern European descent.

In Ontario, GCA affected around 235 people per 100,000 in 2018, up from 125 people per 100,000 in 2000.

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Kawasaki disease is the most common form of vasculitis in children around the age of five, and the study found that it most often affects children of Southeast Asian descent.

In Canada, about 20 children out of 100,000 have Kawasaki disease.

It is unclear what form of vasculitis Kutcher suffers from.

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