It may not be obvious but apparently, Shaina Magdayao has a medical condition that’s usually experienced by women in the menopausal stage. It’s called hypothyroidism, which affects her metabolism rate drastically.
According to Philippine Entertainment Portal:
“Shaina’s condition means that she has an underactive thyroid gland, which means the gland can’t make enough thyroid hormone to ‘run the body’s metabolism,’ causing her metabolism to go slower.”
Based on her interview with ABS-CBN Push on June 2017, Shaina Magdayao said:
“Sakit siya ng nagme-menopause. Siguro kasi, I started working at a very young age. Walang enough tulog, puro puyat. Tapos nung January, namamaga ‘yung lips ko. So, meron akong angioedema and urticaria.”
She has been diagnosed with the condition two years ago. The actress continued:
“So, lahat ng espeyalista, na-ano ko, specialist, ‘yung immunologist, nagpa-check-up na ako kasi hindi namin alam kung ano ang nangyayari. Eh at that time, nagti-taping kami sa Baguio and hindi nila ako mapababa ng Manila kahit na ini-injection-an ako ng pampatulog, ng Benadryl, ng anti-histamine.”
“So, parang six hours, pinatulog ako, na-subside ‘yung lips. But we don’t know, kasi parang sabi namin, bakit ganu’n, parang bumabagsak ‘yung immune system, kasi nga naman, sobrang pagod ko talaga sa show na ‘to. Sobra kasi yung puyat, emotionally draining, physically draining. So, I guess, kaya lumabas ‘yung mga sakit.”
She added that she had to see a specialist for her condition. Shaina Magdayao shared:
“So, I had to see specialists—endocrinologist for my thyroid and immunologist for my immune system kasi nga bumabagsak siya. And it’s not normal na may namamaga, namamaga ‘yung mata mo, namamaga ‘yung cheeks mo. It’s not normal na namamaga lang ‘yung sistema mo and everything.”
On August 2017, Shaina revealed to Philippine Entertainment Portal that she does not let the condition affect her at all. In fact, she said that her schedule is swamped with work commitments.
The actress said:
“After my last taping for Better Half, I have to fly to Singapore to do a movie. Although I want to rest, I can’t afford to. I can’t say no to all these wonderful blessings and opportunities being given to me. I’m flying to Singapore to do a movie with Direk Lav Diaz for the second time around this year.”
“This is for the movie of Ma’am Charo [Santos-Concio]. I think she’s there already, and she’ll be shooting there for ten days. As soon as I get back, the next day, we’ll fly to Siargao for the event that my foundation is organizing.”
As for her health, Shaina Magdayao mentioned that she would try to “sleep early and try to work out and take care of my health.”
She added that she has taken a break from her appearance in “ASAP” so that she could have her Sundays off.
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