Chris Hemsworth’s Health: Chris Hemsworth is taking a break from acting for a tragic reason; Are genetic tests for Alzheimer’s disease right for you?

Famous Hollywood actor Chris Hemsworth shook up his entire fan club when he revealed he had a significantly increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease due to his genetic factors. The actor underwent a series of genetic tests following which he discovered that he carried two copies of the APOE4 gene which increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

With the shocking revelation, the Thor actor said he’s likely to take an indefinite career hiatus in order to take care of his family and his health.

During a chat with Vanity Fair this month, the actor recalled the first time he was told about his condition and said, “They took all my blood tests and did a bunch of testing and the plan was to tell me on camera all the results and then discuss how you can improve this and that.”

“It was quite shocking because he called me and he told me,” he added later.

Everything you need to know about Alzheimer’s disease

Everything you need to know about Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of progressive neurological disorder that causes the brain to shrink and brain cells to die. It is a condition that destroys memory and other important mental functions.

However, Hemsworth soon learned that with the right lifestyle changes, his condition can improve. During the interview, the actor revealed that it is important for a person to keep an eye on sleep management, stress management, nutrition, movement and fitness as these are the factors which can help prevent the disease from getting worse.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Alzheimer’s disease can be prevented by staying fit, quitting smoking, limiting alcohol, managing weight, and monitoring underlying health conditions. , including high blood pressure and high blood sugar.

Meanwhile, in conversation with BestLife, Susan Hahn, MS, CGC, board-certified genetic counselor and director of medical affairs at Quest Diagnostics said “screening for APOE is not considered ‘routine’. “”. The doctor recommends the test only to those who have a family history of the disease.

FAQs:

  1. Which gene increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease?
    The APOE4 gene increases the risk of Alzheimer’s.
  2. How to prevent Alzheimer’s disease from getting worse?
    Preventing Alzheimer’s disease involves exercising regularly, quitting smoking and drinking, and managing your weight.

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