Bradley Walsh reveals he’s living with illness

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Bradley Walsh has addressed fans concerned with his physical appearance after they started to notice swollen red lumps on his eyes.

The Chase presenter told ITV This Morning viewers he has been living with blepharitis which needs to be controlled by daily medication.

“People don’t realise I have seriously bad blepharitis. I have to take one pill a day for it or I really struggle,” Walsh explained.

“So many times, people have commented on how I look. But they don’t realise. If I take medication though, I’m fine."

Last year Bradley revealed doctors told him if he did not change his lifestyle he was in danger of contracting a fatal heart disease similar to the illness his father died from aged 59.

Walsh, 61, told The Sun on Sunday: “I had a hang-up because my father, Daniel, died at the age of 59.

“I had it in the back of my mind that I just had to get past my dad’s age. So turning 60 was a bit of milestone.

“I was 33 when he passed away. I’d just done the Royal Variety Show performance which helped launch my career, but my dad died from heart failure two weeks after that and never got to see it.”

Bradley also revealed he suffers from hereditary high cholesterol which was passed on from his mother Margaret.

"I’m not on statins but what my heart guy said was: ‘Look, Brad, if you start training, all that (cholesterol) will drop. You need to get fit’.

“I was a time bomb. I was quite lucky in regards to the calcium test but my doctor said I produce too much cholesterol. It’s a silent killer.”

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