Oprah Discusses Her Illness

Wednesday, October 17th 2007, 9:13 pm
By: News On 6

NEW YORK (AP) -- Oprah Winfrey is going public about the thyroid condition that slowed her metabolism and caused her to gain 20 pounds.

At first, she said, she noticed changes that sped up her metabolism and left her unable to sleep for days. Then came the turnabout: hypothyroidism that brought weakness, fatigue and weight gain. In her words, "My body was turning on me."

Winfrey opens up about her experiences in the October issue of O, the Oprah magazine. She also talked about it on today's "Oprah" show, and urged other women to check themselves for symptoms.