Chris Hemsworth has announced that he will be taking a break from acting after discovering that he has a significantly higher chance of getting Alzheimer’s.
When filming a recent episode of his Disney+ health docuseries, he found out that he had two copies of the APOE4 gene, which severely heightens his Alzheimer’s vulnerability.
In the episode, he had to undergo a “deep dive into (his) bloodwork and genetics”. Doing so revealed the indications of the genes for the first time.
“It was a real shock,” Hemsworth said.
Course of Action
As of now, the Marvel star has announced that he is not retiring and is merely taking “a good chunk of time off” to spend with his family.
He is planning to begin his break after he is done with his current projects, those that he is contractually obliged to finish.
Dealing the news with gallows humour, he construes it as a blessing in disguise.
After his discovery of the condition, he has been more conscientious of his sleeping habits and stress management and is now taking better preventive measures for Alzheimer’s.
The 39-year-old actor plans to just “be with the kids, be with (his) wife.”
In time of test, family is the best.
Additionally, he is now more reflective. Filming this episode had made him think more about morality and the value of life.
“Most of us, we like to avoid speaking about death in the hope that we’ll somehow avoid this. We all have this belief that we’ll figure it out.”
He said that he hopes to use this opportunity to motivate others to take better care of themselves.
“I was offered a version of the episode where we didn’t talk about it, ” he told Vanity Fair. “I thought, ‘No, look, if this is a motivator for people to take better care of themselves and also understand that there are steps you can take—then fantastic.’”
The Final Episode
The final episode of his health documentary series is not about extending life, but facing death.
Hemsworth speaks with people diagnosed with terminal illnesses and had numbered days.
In an introspection, he credits the changes in his life to the reveal of the information.
“Now I feel thankful that I have in my arsenal the sort of tools to best prepare myself and prevent things happening in that way.”
Normally, one in four people carry a single copy of the APOE4 gene. However, only 2 to 3% have both, one from their mother and the other from their father.
Having both genes would mean his risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease is increased eight to twelvefold.
Fortunately, not everyone who has both genes develop Alzheimer’s disease.
Hopefully, the Thor that we all know and love can return soon.
You will be missed.
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