The thought that I won’t be able to remember my wife, my children, is my biggest fear: Chris Hemsworth shares a health revelation.
Chris Hemsworth has discovered that he is genetically predisposed to Alzheimer’s disease, causing him to face his “own mortality.”
The 39-year-old made the revelation in a new interview with vanity fair promoting her new Disney+ show Limitless on health and fitness.
After taking a blood test for the show, she was told she’s ‘eight to 10 times’ more likely to develop Alzheimer’s‘s than the general population, because you are one of only two to three percent of people with two copies of the APOE4 gene.
“Yes, there was an intensity to navigate it,” he mused. Most of us like to avoid talking about death in the hope of avoiding it somehow.
The Thor star added: “We all have this belief that we’ll figure it out.” Then all of a sudden you’re told that some major indicators actually point to this as the route that’s going to happen, reality sinks in. His own mortality.
Playing off Chris’ stardom through superhero movies, Limitless follows him as he pushes against the limits of what his body can do.
He will be seen on the Disney+ show pursuing various physical goals, such as what Variety reports was a 40 pound weight gain for a Thor movie.
The blood test he obtained to help the program resulted in the explosive news that he is several times more likely than the general population to contract Alzheimer’s disease, a degenerative brain condition characterized in part by memory loss.
However, it is clear that there are a number of steps that people in your position can take to reduce their level of risk, such as ensuring they get adequate sleep, reducing alcohol consumption and quitting smoking, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As a result, Chris reacted to the news of his own predisposition to Alzheimer’s disease by cultivating a healthier lifestyle.
“For me, the positive was: ‘Right, if I hadn’t known this information, I wouldn’t have made the changes that I did,’ he said.
“I just wasn’t aware of any of it, so now I’m grateful that I have the kind of tools in my arsenal to better prepare and prevent things from happening that way.”