For Nick Cannon and his new family, 2012 has brought a rash of unexpected health scares and radical lifestyle changes. 


The 31-year-old actor suffered mild kidney failure in early January, landing him in the hospital and forcing an immediate change in his diet. "It's all about healthy living and fueling your system, but I don't get to eat the things that I like to eat. You've got to stay hydrated and [eat] fruits and vegetables for breakfast," he told MTV following his recovery.


Last weekend, Cannon suffered yet another setback after doctors found blood clots in his lungs and an enlarged ventricle in his heart. He was immediately hospitalized. On Wednesday, Cannon announced to listeners of his show, “Rollin' with Nick Cannon” on New York City radio station 92.3 NOW, that he was stepping down. 


"Under doctor’s orders, I have been asked to put my health first and cut back on some of my professional commitments in order to allow my body to get the rest that it needs to keep up with the demands of my multi-tasking schedule," he said in a statement.


"I will continue to host my syndicated 'Cannon’s Countdown' weekend show and look forward to contributing to 92.3 NOW whenever possible," he added. "Even Superman has to sleep."


Cannon, who recently welcomed newborn twins with wife Mariah Carey, says that he is now on a restricted "renal diet," which limits potassium, protein, fluid, salt (sodium), saturated fats and phosphorus. He earlier admitted that his busy life and increased responsibilities across entertainment spectrums was likely a major contributor to his health situation. 


"It's all about taking time and really caring about yourself and how you fuel yourself," he said. 


We're happy to hear he's following his doctor's orders and scaling back for the time being. To learn more about kidney disease, and the healthy habits that can avoid it, jump here

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Nick Cannon quits radio show after new health scare
Entertainer tells listeners he's stepping down from 'Rollin with Nick Cannon' after a second hospitalization.