ginaGina Rodriguez is openly discussing her battle with Hashimoto’s disease in the September issue of “Health” magazine. The autoimmune disease can lead to an underactive thyroid and weight gain.

“It’s always been a battle for me with weight,” the “Jane the Virgin” star said. “Keeping weight off is very difficult because my metabolism is pretty much shot, which to me felt like a curse when I was 19.”

“As an actress, I was like, ‘Seriously?! In a world that’s so vain, I have to deal with the disease that makes you not keep weight off?’” she adds. “But it actually became a blessing because then I got to represent not only women and Latinas, but also women who are dealing with this disease.”

Gina is winning that weight battle with a combination of a gluten-free diet and plenty of exercise.

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