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Marvel’s ‘Thor’, Chris Hemsworth Ventures Into a New Battle Against Alzheimer’s

Hollywood star Chris Hemsworth is genetically predisposed to Alzheimer's disease and has been told by medical experts that he is "between eight and ten times" likely to develop the condition than the general population.

Chris Hemsworth, the Australian actor who plays ‘Thor’ in the Marvel Cinematic Universe recently made an unexpected revelation. In an interview with the Vanity Fair, Hemsworth revealed that due to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s, the actor would be taking time off from acting after the conclusion of the ongoing press tour for his National Geographic show Limitless.

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Chris Hemsworth With Alzheimer

The Aussie encompasses two copies of the gene APOE4 which is correlated to developing Alzheimer’s related dementia. Inherited from his parents, Hemsworth carries two copies of APOE4, making him 8-10 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s. When he was asked about his increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s, the Thor actor clearly didn’t lose his sense of humour, further adding, “since you told me that, I feel like my memory’s getting worse. It’s a placebo effect—or it’s taking place!

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Chris Sucked Into Medical Blow

Hemsworth’s case is an extremely rare one as only 3% of the population comprise two copies of the aforementioned genes. But Hemsworth himself stated that he wasn’t too surprised as his grandfather is presently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. After receiving the medical test results, the actor re-evaluated his priorities with him stating his goal after the Limitless press tour rounds up is to, “be with the kids, be with my wife.”

The 39-year-old re-iterated that is a cautionary step on his end and is not a confirmed case of diagnosis. He feels that time away from acting would be a step in the right direction. He summed up his feelings stating how one should live life to the fullest as one doesn’t know what awaits them tomorrow.

“Most of us, we like to avoid speaking about death in the hope that we'll somehow avoid it. We all have this belief that we'll figure it out. Then to all of a sudden be told some big indicators are actually pointing to this as the route which is going to happen, the reality of it sinks in. Your own mortality.”

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Hemsworth Decided To Make Off With Limitless

Hemsworth decided against the option to leave this revelation in the cut of the docuseries Limitless as “this is a motivator for people to take better care of themselves and also understand that there are steps you can take—then fantastic,” Hemsworth said. “My concern was I just didn’t want to manipulate it and overdramatize it and make it into some sort of hokey grab at empathy or whatever for entertainment.” He further added, “it’s not like I’ve been handed my resignation.” Hemsworth encourages others to ‘live better’ in the present as “whatever you do right now to benefit your future self is having a huge benefit in your current self.

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Watch The Chris Hemsworth Episode

Limitless With Chris Hemsworth’, a six-episode docuseries is currently streaming on Disney Plus.

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