Chris Hemsworth has revealed he has a high risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
The actor shared his sadness on Thursday, November 17 after making a heartbreaking discovery about his health on his new Disney+ show. Unlimited.
The Thor star opened up to George Stephanopoulos during an appearance on Good Morning America, revealing he was at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease than the general population after undergoing extensive blood tests during of an episode of the series.
In a clip shared on National Geographic’s GMA, which sees Chris putting his physical and mental strength to the ultimate test, the actor was told by longevity specialist Dr Peter Attia that he had two copies of APOE4.
APOE4 is the strongest risk factor gene for Alzheimer’s disease, meaning Chris’ risk of Alzheimer’s disease is “eight to ten times higher” than most people, according to Dr Attia.
“We have all the blood tests you can get and you have two copies of APOE4, one set from your mother and one set from your father…that means you have an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr. Attia told Chris.
In the same clip, Chris explained that his “biggest fear” is forgetting about his family.
He said: “The idea that I won’t be able to remember the life that I lived or my wife, my children, that’s probably my biggest fear.”
Chris explained that the result prompted him to make some changes in his life.
“It very quickly became another wonderful motivation to make changes and arm myself with all the tools to live a better, healthier life,” Chris said.
Dr Attia called Chris’ test results a “blessing” as they can motivate him to take care of his brain health.
“I’m confident that if we take every possible step we can reduce your risk to anyone else’s,” Dr Attia told Chris.
The actor added, “I think any motivation to live better can take many forms. Whatever I do now to protect my brain health will benefit every other aspect of my health and well-being. be.”