Carrie Ann Inaba gets candid about health struggles, ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Carrie Ann Inaba gets candid about health struggles, ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Carrie Ann Inaba is used to being on the go, but after being diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia six years ago, the “Dancing with the Stars” judge had to reconfigure certain aspects of her life.

“As a dancer, I always try to fuel my body with healthy food and to exercise regularly,” Inaba recently told Page Six. “What really made a difference after my IDA diagnosis was working with my doctor to develop a treatment plan to manage my iron levels.”

Inaba, who has long been candid about her health issues, recalled feeling “intense fatigue, pain, and brain fog,” before being treated for IDA, which is defined as a “condition in which blood lacks adequate healthy red blood cells,” according to the Mayo Clinic, as “red blood cells carry oxygen to the body’s tissues.”

“My doctor did a blood and iron panel, and when he found my hemoglobin and iron levels were low,” the 51-year-old explained.

Now helping to raise IDA awareness with the Get Iron Informed campaign, Inaba is encouraging those who may be at risk to speak with medical professionals about getting tested, all the while balancing her duties on “The Talk” and “Dancing with the Stars,” which is currently in its 28th season.

“This year I am impressed with all of the partnerships,” Inaba said of this year’s competition. “We have made the focus much more on the specific styles of dances they perform and because of that the level of performances and the growth we have seen this season from all the competitors has been impressive.”

With “Bachelorette” star Hannah Brown and former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer among the current competitors, Inaba believes its anyone’s game.

“No predictions but this season has been my favorite in a long time because it’s so hard to tell who will win,” Inaba said. “They are all growing and evolving at different paces and it’s exciting.”


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