Gena Lee Nolin battles thyroid disease

Baywatch actress Gena Lee Nolin has become known for more than her acting skills and beautiful body. She's also championing women's health in a new book: "Beautiful Inside and Out: Conquering Thyroid Disease with a Healthy, Happy, "Thyroid Sexy" Life" (click for details).

Gena is concerned that, based on her own battle with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, many sufferers do not initially make the connection between their symptoms and the disease. And their physicians also sometimes fail them.

Among the symptoms: Weight gain, hair loss, lethargy and depression.

“It is a lonely invisible, disease,” reflected Gena in an ABC News interview. “The weight gain, the anxiety- I wasn't myself.”

Initially diagnosed with postpartum depression, Gena traveled a long, lonely journey before discovering others who shared her condition.

“Almost 60 thousand joined the (Facebook) page," said Gena. “Ninety percent are women, which to me with my career having to wear the red suit - and by the way, the sexy part was almost a rebellious punch. It was the most unsexy I had ever felt.”

Now, though, Gena has shed the weight and restored her health emotionally and physically. Find out more by clicking here for her book "Beautiful Inside and Out: Conquering Thyroid Disease with a Healthy, Happy, "Thyroid Sexy" Life."

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