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Imagine Dragons’ frontman lives with two chronic diseases

Dan Reynolds deals with ulcerative colitis and ankylosing spondylitis.

Imagine Dragons is as American pop-rock bank from Las Vegas, known for their hit songs “Radioactive,” “Thunder,” and “Believer.” Their lead vocalist, Dan Reynolds, surprised fans in 2015 by announcing that he has been diagnosed with two medical conditions. He was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC) at the age of 21, and ankylosing spondylitis at 24. He also has suffered from depression and anxiety.

With the help of rheumatologist Susan Baker, MD, he started treatment and closely examined his diet and exercise routines. One of the first things that had to go was his “cereal addiction” and a diet high in processed foods.

He also amped up his exercise routine, making it a daily priority and exercising from 1-3 hours/day. Besides weight training, he also does yoga to prevent stiffness and pain. In January 2019, he was even featured in Men’s Health. During disease flare-ups, he takes a biologic medication to ease pain and get him back into remission.

In the EH interview, Reynolds recommended that anyone struggling with medical or mental health issues try and be kind to yourself and remove stressors in your life:

“Do things every day that will de-stress your life. Treat yourself to whatever shuts your mind off. If I need to listen to my true-crime podcasts, or go to the gym, or read my book, that’s what I’m going to do. My priority in life is my health. If my health isn’t there, I can’t do anything — I can’t be a good dad, a good musician, a good husband. I can’t stress the need to de-stress enough.”

Read full article by Michele R. Berman and Mark S. Bogusk here.

Posted on: October 31 2019

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