Nick Cannon says he’s been diagnosed with a lupus-like autoimmune disease that contributed to his recent health scares.  The entertainer told People that his kidney disease was the result of an “autoimmune disease that [doctors] found in my system” and that the resulting blood clots were a direct result of that disease.  While Cannon didn’t explain further what his disease was, we know that autoimmune disease occur when the body’s immune system attacks its own healthy cells.

Lupus itself is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect various parts of the body, especially the skin, joints, blood and kidneys, according to the Lupus Foundation of America. Symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening.

Wishing Nick, and family the best!!