MARTIAL arts legend Jet Li has insisted to fans he is “doing great” in an effort to dispel rumours of ill health.
Previously, the 55 year old looked almost unrecognisable in an image taken earlier this month with a fan in Tibet.
In the picture, Jet is smiling but it sparked concern amongst fans who know him best for his action roles and full head of hair.
The fan captioned the shot: “So, apparently, Jet Li is suffering from hyperthyroidism and spinal problems and this is him now.”
In a Facebook post the actor moved to dispel rumours over his health, saying: “I would like to thank all my fans who expressed concerns about my health.
“I’m doing great and feeling great! I’m excited to share with you all a few projects I am working on in the near future. For now, thank you all for your concerns!”
Facebook The actor took to Facebook to dispel rumours over ill health
Previously, his manager Steven Chasman has responded to concerns over the image, revealing it is in fact just a bad picture.
He told The Washington Post: “He has hyperthyroidism that he’s been dealing with for almost 10 years.
“It’s nothing life-threatening and he’s dealing with it. He’s all well and good.”
Jet was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in 2010 and revealed in 2013 that he was taking medication for it.
Sony Jet Li is best known for his roles in martial arts films
Reuters Pictured here in 2005, he looks remarkably younger
Instagram/JetLi Jet pictured in 2017
He said: “I’m in pain, but I’m not suffering. I’m happy.”
According to the South China Morning Post the actor has suffered with spinal and leg problems following years of stunts and injuries on set.
Last year the actor is also believed to have said at a dinner for his charity, One Foundation, that his illness kept returning.
In 2016 he shut down rumours he was unwell, telling Straits Times that “even my friends are concerned and are asking how I am”.
HYPERTHYROIDISM: AN OVERACTIVE THYROID
HYPERTHYROIDISM is also known as having an overactive thyroid.
It’s where the thyroid gland produces too many hormones.
The thyroid sits at the front of the nect and produces hormones that affect your heart rate and body temperature.
Too many of these hormones can lead to serious health problems
An overactive thyroid can trigger a number of symptoms, including:
nervousness, anxiety and irritability mood swings trouble sleeping persistent tiredness and weakness sensitivity to heat swelling around your neck irregular or fast heart rate twitching or trembling weight loss
If you spot these signs it’s important to see your GP to get a check up.
A simple blood test can check your thyroid and help spot hyperthyroidism.
If it’s not treated, with medication or surgery to remove part of the thyroid, it can cause longer term issues.
These include eye problems, pre-eclampsia in pregnancy, miscarriage or premature birth, and a thyroid “storm” – a sudden and life-threatening flare up of symptoms.
Getty – Contributor In January 2018 he revealed his shaved head
Alamy The actor has had hyperthyroidism since 2010