Denise Richards thanks eagle-eyed viewers for spotting thyroid problem

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A grateful Denise Richards is thanking fans of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for spotting her enlarged thyroid on a recent reunion show.

The actor-turned-reality star decided to eliminate gluten from her diet, and her health improved, she told viewers on Instagram Monday:

The most common cause of an enlarged thyroid is a lack of iodine in the body, and according to the Mayo Clinic, treatment may involve medication or surgery. The condition is usually painless, however, it may cause coughing and difficulty breathing.

This was Richards' first season on the Real Housewives franchise. She married actor Aaron Phypers, whom she called the "love of my life," on the show. She has two teenage daughters, Sami and Lola, with ex-husband Charlie Sheen, and a younger adopted daughter, Eloise. Phypers was previously married to "Desperate Housewives" star Nicollette Sheridan.

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BRAVO EVENTS -- 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' and 'Mexican Dynasties' Premiere Party -- Pictured: (l-r) Denise Richards, Aaron Phypers -- (Photo by: Jesse Grant/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Denise Richards and Aaron Phypers are seen on February 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Aaron Phyper (L) and Denise Richards arrive for the American Humane's 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 29, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Aaron Phypers and Denise Richards attend American Humane's 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 29, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images,,)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 12: Aaron Phypers Cameron and Denise Richards attend the Eastwood Ranch Foundation's Wags, Whiskers and Wine Event on May 12, 2018 in Malibu, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 12: Aaron Phypers Cameron and Denise Richards attend the Eastwood Ranch Foundation's Wags, Whiskers and Wine Event on May 12, 2018 in Malibu, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 12: Aaron Phypers Cameron and Denise Richards attend the Eastwood Ranch Foundation's Wags, Whiskers and Wine Event on May 12, 2018 in Malibu, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ Getty Images)
Early morning workout ☕️... getting fit before the sunrise 🌅 @aaronwilliamcameron
Happy Saturday💕 @aaronwilliamcameron
1st day on location so happy he @aaronwilliamcameron can join me enjoying our Sunday with the cast and crew...
Driving test!!! Out of the Country license #canada gotta get a #California #license #behindthewheel @aaronwilliamcameron
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Off to the cold for a couple weeks... #fbf birthday celebration @aaronwilliamcameron ❤️ Gonna miss u
As the sun is going down... view from the top.⛷❄️🎄 #sunsetskiing #bestchristmasvacay #love @aaronwilliamcameron
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Earlier this year, Inside Edition presenter Deborah Norville underwent surgery for a cancerous thyroid nodule after it was spotted by a viewer.

- This article first appeared on HuffPost

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