Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs has admitted that he is missing this week's Macworld Expo due to ill health.


In a statement, Jobs admitted that he had mysteriously losing weight during 2008 and had discovered that a hormone imbalance was the cause.


Jobs said: “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.”


He further claimed that he would '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' and asked the Apple community to support him in his recovery.

As previously reported by SC, Apple denied claims that the decision for Jobs not to speak was on health grounds, claiming that the decision was part of a larger overall
 strategy to reduce its presence at trade shows.


The keynote address will be made by senior vice president of product marketing Phil Schiller at the San Francisco event instead.