Steve Jobs Recovering From Hormone Imbalance, To Remain Apple’s CEO

With the announcement from Apple that Steve Jobs would not be keynoting the last Macworld, many speculated that his health was the culprit. Because of this, Mr. Jobs has posted an open letter to the community regarding his health. In the letter, Steve revealed that a hormonal imbalance has been causing him to lose weight throughout 2008, something which has fueled much of the speculations about the CEO’s deminishing health.

Jobs went on on to say that the imbalance has “robbed” his body of certain proteins over the course of quite a few months and will likely not fully recover until late Spring.

Dear Apple Community,

For the first time in a decade, I’m getting to spend the holiday season with my family, rather than intensely preparing for a Macworld keynote.

Unfortunately, my decision to have Phil deliver the Macworld keynote set off another flurry of rumors about my health, with some even publishing stories of me on my deathbed.

I’ve decided to share something very personal with the Apple community so that we can all relax and enjoy the show tomorrow.

As many of you know, I have been losing weight throughout 2008. The reason has been a mystery to me and my doctors. A few weeks ago, I decided that getting to the root cause of this and reversing it needed to become my #1 priority.

Fortunately, after further testing, my doctors think they have found the cause—a hormone imbalance that has been “robbing” me of the proteins my body needs to be healthy. Sophisticated blood tests have confirmed this diagnosis.

The remedy for this nutritional problem is relatively simple and straightforward, and I’ve already begun treatment. But, just like I didn’t lose this much weight and body mass in a week or a month, my doctors expect it will take me until late this Spring to regain it. I will continue as Apple’s CEO during my recovery.

I have given more than my all to Apple for the past 11 years now. I will be the first one to step up and tell our Board of Directors if I can no longer continue to fulfill my duties as Apple’s CEO. I hope the Apple community will support me in my recovery and know that I will always put what is best for Apple first.

So now I’ve said more than I wanted to say, and all that I am going to say, about this.


His letter was quickly followed by a letter by one from Apple’s board of directors, reassuring the public once again that if Steve were ever to be so sick that he could not act as CEO of the company, they would inform the public about it.

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