If you caught the broadcast of VH1’s Hip-Hop Honors Monday night, you may have noticed A Tribe Called Quest how thin group member Phife Dawg looked. It’s well-known that Phife has suffered from diabetes and even refers to himself as the “funky diabetic”, but in the last several it got worse, but now he’s on the right track to feeling healthier.
“For the last 3 yrs I’ve been a dialysis patient,” Phife told VH1’s blog. “The first two years I was on peritoneal dialysis, which caused me to gain a great deal of weight. For the last seven months I’ve switched over to hemodialysis, which has caused me to lose weight and has me feeling a whole lot better. Most people aren’t used to seeing me at this weight. Initially, I weighed too much for my size and height and now I’m where I need to be.”
Phife has also found a potential kidney donor in his best friend and manager Rasta Root and hopes for a kidney transplant soon to get off the dialysis treatment.