Famous PeopleThe first edition dates back to 1986, but Australian actor Paul Hogan (83) will always be best known for his role as adventurer Mike Dundee in the “Crocodile Dundee” film series. But in candid conversations with “Sunrise” and “A Current Affair,” the actor is now addressing his own health issues. The cure was worse than the disease itself.
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The “Crocodile Dundee” star spoke to “Sunrise” hosts Natalie Barr, David Koch of A Current Affair, and Tracy Grimshaw about his health issues. He was diagnosed with retroperitoneal fibrosis. This is a rare condition in which chronic inflammation occurs in the back of the abdominal cavity, resulting in the formation of connective tissue. The actor faced a benign tumor that formed around the abdominal artery and pressed on his kidney. The consequences were not small.
No body fat
Hogan has suffered from muscle weakness and extreme weight loss since the diagnosis, among other things. “I lost all my body fat and my muscles shrank. My son Chance had to open jars for me.” He continued treatment with corticosteroids to reduce the (benign) growth, but it was hard for him. He admitted “The cure was worse than the disease. It shrinks your muscles when it makes you fatter. But I only got thinner. I have no body fat, but I got my strength back. Stronger again.” He went on to joke that he’s now the enemy of dieting, “because I can eat anything without gaining weight.”
Hogan also has a pacemaker and has stated that he is “holding by thread”, but is doing everything he can to get back to full health. And he decided that until the age of 79 he was always fit and lucky that he was healthy for so long.
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