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Chris Hemsworth takes a break from his career – after warning of Alzheimer’s disease

Chris Hemsworth has decided to take a break from his acting career after it was revealed he is at a significantly higher than average risk of Alzheimer’s disease. “It triggered something in me,” he says Vanity Fair.

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It was in connection with the filming of the documentary series Limitless on Disney+ as actor Chris Hemsworth discovered that he is part of the two to three percent of the population who run a ten times greater risk than others of developing Alzheimer’s disease, this as he has inherited the ApoE4 gene from both of his parents.

“Triggered something in me”

In an interview with Vanity Fair tells Hemsworth that the announcement “really triggered something in me that made me want to take time off for a while.”

The actor, who in the near future will put his career aside to spend time with his wife and three children, however points out that the news is not a diagnosis – the results of the tests are a strong indication that he may be affected by the disease, but they are not decisive.

Hemsworth hopes his transparency about the announcement can motivate others to take better care of themselves. He also wants to spread knowledge about how to work preventively to reduce the risk of suffering from dementia:

“If you look at how to prevent Alzheimer’s, the advantage is that it affects other parts of your life,” he continues. “It’s about managing sleep, stress, nutrition, movement, fitness. They are all tools that must be applied consistently.”

Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common dementia – just over half of all people with dementia have Alzheimer’s disease.

Like other dementias, Alzheimer’s disease is caused by parts of the brain being affected and damaged. In Alzheimer’s disease, the nerve cells in the temporal and cerebral lobes are destroyed above all. It affects memory and how you perceive information from your senses.

The symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease develop slowly. Common symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are:

You get problems with memory and that language is affected. It becomes more difficult to find words and express yourself. Thinking, concentration and perception of time can be affected.

You can feel anxious, depressed and find it difficult to take the initiative to do things. It becomes difficult to recognize oneself and to find oneself, first outdoors, but later also in one’s own home.

Gradually, it becomes more difficult to interpret and understand the surroundings, for example. It becomes more difficult to carry out practical tasks such as paying bills, planning grocery shopping, shopping, cooking or getting to places without help.

Source: The care guide

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