Bradley Walsh reveals secret condition that makes his eyelids swell up

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Bradley Walsh has opened up on secret health woes that transform his appearance, and the operation he'll eventually need to put it right.

The Chase presenter, 61, revealed he has to take medication every day for a condition that makes his eyelids swell up.

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Walsh suffers from blepharitis, which gives him red, swollen and itchy eyelids, and he will eventually need to have them operated on.

He told This Morning: "People don’t realise I have seriously bad blepharitis.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 06: Bradley Walsh attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2021 at Television Centre on June 06, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Bradley Walsh has been getting fit by boxing. (Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

“I have to take one pill a day for it or I really struggle. I am going to need my eyes operated on at some point to sort it out."

He said the condition has drawn comments about how he looks: “So many times, people have commented on how I look. But they don’t realise. If I take medication though, I’m fine.”

Blepharitis, although uncomfortable, is not usually a serious health problem – unlike another condition that Walsh suffers from.

The TV star was told by a cardiologist that he needed to get fit or he could die because of a build-up of high cholesterol.

Bradley Walsh during day five of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)
Bradley Walsh has revealed a secret health condition. (Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

One of the ways Walsh has tackled his fitness is through boxing, which he said had helped him to lose weight: “I’m back boxing training now. Full-time. I’ve done about a stone and a half in weight.”

Walsh also 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 a milestone.

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“I was a time bomb. I produce too much cholesterol. It’s a silent killer. My heart guy said, ‘Look, Brad, you need to get fit’."

The star is looking healthy now and has been using his health scare to raise awareness about heart disease, as well as giving up booze and fatty food.

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