Chris Hemsworth is easily one of the most beloved actors working today. His contribution to the industry with films like Thor deductible and Extraction made quite a mark on him in Hollywood. He always believed in going the extra mile; this is exactly what we see him doing in his Disney+ docu-series, Unlimited.
While pushing through complex scenarios and challenging his body to achieve the unthinkable, Chris Hemsworth found himself standing in the face of an unprovoked challenge. In one of the episodes, it was revealed to him that he was at high risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. While this news came as a heartbreaking surprise to him and his fans, it seems like there’s no reason to panic, just yet.
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Chris Hemsworth may not develop Alzheimer’s disease
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During the fifth Unlimited titled episode Memory, Dr. Peter Attia reveals to Chris Hemsworth that he is at high risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. This means that he has two copies of the APOE4 gene, one from each of his parents. APOE or apolipoprotein E genes come in a few variants namely APOE2, APOE3 and APOE4. The APOE4 variant, the one Hemsworth has, is the one that carries the most risk for the disease.
Needless to say, everyone was shocked after this news broke on the internet. The Thor The actor found himself on the receiving end of a shower of positive wishes, hoping the actor wouldn’t take the dreaded path. Well, there’s actually a little sigh of relief in this whole ordeal.
Dr. Lawrence S. Honig told The Daily Beast that while the APOE4 gene increases risk, it’s not determinative. He also added that there are a large number of patients with Alzheimer’s disease who do not have the APOE4 gene at all. This means that at this point, speculating about Hemsworth’s development of the disease may prove inconclusive. Sam Gandy, professor of neurology, said diet and lifestyle, as well as resistance to the worst effects of the gene, are all important factors when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease.
“Not everyone with two copies develops Alzheimer’s disease. Few escape it. Diet and lifestyle are important. They could carry what we call resilience genes.
This means that although Hemsworth is at higher risk of contracting the disease than others, there is also a good chance that he will survive this ordeal unharmed. Therefore, from now on, there is no need to panic at all. Doctors agree that a healthy lifestyle and regular social interactions can significantly reduce the risk.
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Chris Hemsworth’s reaction to the unfortunate news
When Dr. Attia broke the news to Hemsworth, he is seen correcting his posture and trying to maintain composure as he listens to the medical professional’s words. Later, he revealed that he was “on the ground. His feelings are not hard to understand as anyone would be devastated to hear such news regarding his health.
However, we all know Hemsworth is one hell of a fighter. In a chat with Vanity Fair, he said he didn’t want to over-dramatize the whole thing and was in no mood to portray himself as someone who wanted empathy. He added that it was not as if he had been given his resignation letter. Moreover, the Men in Black: International The actor said it acts as a reminder of mortality and no matter how hard people try to avoid talking about death, mortality will always be a very real thing.
“Most of us like to avoid talking about death in the hope that we will somehow avoid it. We all have this belief that we are going to find out. Then all of a sudden you’re told that some big indicators are actually pointing to this as the road that’s going to happen, reality sinks in there. Your own mortality.
Although this was extreme information revealed to Hemsworth about his life, he said it acted as a kind of trigger. He now wants to take time off work after completing his tour. He will now focus more on spending quality time with his family. Here’s hoping our favorite Avenger comes out stronger than ever!
You can stream No Limits with Chris Hemsworth on Disney+.
Source: The Daily Beast