Actor-comedian, Nick Cannon opens up to People Magazine about his recent health challenges including being diagnosed with Autoimmune Disease.

The America’s Got Talent host told People that it was during his hospitalization earlier this year for kidney disease that he found out he also had a ‘lupus’ type autoimmune disease.

“They kind of say [my] autoimmune [disease] is – like a lupus type of thing, but no one else in my family has it.” says Cannon

According to, Autoimmune disease or Autoimmunity is a result of a misdirected immune system that causes one’s own immune system to attack the self. Autoimmune disease affects approximately 50 million Americans or one in five people.

There are also over 100 autoimmune diseases including lupus, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and Graves’ disease.  

At this point, Cannon is focusing on staying healthy and raising his children with superstar wife, Mariah Carey.