Baekhyun has suffered from this disease since before debuting with EXO
Recently, Baekhyun (EXO) announced that he will enlist on his birthday (May 6). The male idol will have basic training within 3 weeks and enlist in the form of social service worker instead of an active soldier. Social service workers will have a more leisurely job than active soldiers. They can go home after 6pm and return to barracks the next day.
Immediately after the news was published, many netizens claimed that Baekhyun received special treatment in the military and criticized the male singer. However, Dispatch quickly revealed that he received the ruling that exempted him from active duty due to his hypothyroidism. This information surprised fans because during the past 9 years, Baekhyun has never once talked about this illness.
Hypothyroidism, also known as underactive thyroid disease, is a common disorder. With hypothyroidism, the patient’s thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. This dangerous disease disturbs the normal balance of chemical reactions in the body, if not treated promptly can lead to obesity, joint pain, infertility, birth defects and heart disease…. A source revealed that Baekhyun discovered he had this disease since he was in high school, before debuting with EXO. The male idol often has to get tested and takes medicine regularly.
According to Dispatch, the member of EXO received the ruling that exempted him from active duty due to his hypothyroidism. Baekhyun had submitted his medical records from the past year as well as a medical statement. According to military rulings, this places him at the last rung of health gradings amongst enlistees. A representative from the military manpower agency reported to Dispatch that in the case of hypothyroidism, they judge it based on 3 different stages. If you have been proven to be on medication for more than 6 months, you will receive the lowest grading in terms of health.
After Baekhyun’s health condition was revealed, netizens were extremely shocked. Nobody had known that behind Baekhyun’s powerful stage, world tours, and tight schedules, he had to treat such a serious illness.