Chris Hemsworth discovers he has a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s

Chris Hemsworth was “surprised” to learn he is genetically predisposed to Alzheimer’s in a recent episode of his documentary, Unlimited. (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Chris Hemsworth has made a remarkable discovery.

While filming his National Geographic docuseries, Unlimitedthe actor, 39, learned he had a higher than average chance of developing Alzheimer’s after discovering he has two copies of the APOE4 gene, which is linked to an increased risk of the neurodegenerative disease.

“They took all my blood work and did a lot of tests and the plan was to tell me all the results on camera and then talk about how you can improve this and that,” Hemsworth said Vanity Fair of the fourth episode, titled “Memory,” in which a doctor tested him and told him the news on camera.

On hearing the news, the Thor A star said that he had difficulty getting to grips with the information and what to do with the information.

“Most of us, we like to talk about avoiding death,” he explained. “So all of a sudden you’re told there are some big indicators pointing in this because the way it is going to happen, its reality will enter. Your own mortality.”

According to a 2022 Stanford-led study, “about 25% of people with European ancestry have one copy of APOE4, which more than doubles their chance of developing late-onset Alzheimer’s. variant, making they are 8 to 10 times more likely to get the disease.”

Hemsworth says his grandfather is currently living with the disease. Although he hasn’t seen him in a few years, he relies on family members to provide updates on his health.

“There are some days when he’s all happy and gives you a big hug, but my mom was saying … he’s just a very friendly guy,” he said of his grandfather. “I’m not sure he remembers much more and he slips in and out of Dutch, his original language, so he’ll be speaking Dutch and English and then a mash-up and maybe some other new words as well. “

At one point, Hemsworth says the doctor who gave him the test was concerned about delivering his results on camera. The actor was even “available version of the episode where we are was not talk about it,” but after thinking about how it might help others, he decided to approve the scene.

“My worries [with the episode] I didn’t want to manipulate it and over-dramatize it, and make it kind of sentimental or for entertainment,” Hemsworth said.

“If this encourages people to take better care of themselves and also realize that there are steps you can take, that’s great,” he added. “If you look at preventing Alzheimer’s, the benefit of taking preventive steps is that it affects the rest of your life. When you have a predisposition to cardiovascular heart disease, cancer, whatever – it affects with sleep management, stress management, nutrition, movement, fitness. . It’s all kind of the same tools that need to be applied in a consistent way.”

Still, while the news came as a shock, Hemsworth says it only encourages him to live life to the fullest.

“It’s not like I’ve handed my resignation and this is it – and it’s up in a few months,” he explained. “That’s not quite the case, thank God. One day I’m sure I’ll give it up [with my kids]. They probably want to test themselves and [find out,] ‘Are you in the category that will be sensitive about this or not?'”

“Live with gratitude and love life as much as you can,” he advises. “You don’t know when your time is up, you don’t know what tomorrow holds, so take it with you. Whether any of this information helps you live longer or not living longer, it’s about living better in the present. now your future self-interest is a big plus.”

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