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November 21, 2022

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While producing a new series about health, Chris Hemsworth discovered he has two copies of a gene that increases the risk of Alzheimer’s

Actor Chris Hemsworth, 39, says he took a break from acting after discovering he was at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

The Thor movie star made the discovery after undergoing testing during the production of his Disney+ documentary series Limitless.

The Australian told Vanity Fair magazine tests had confirmed his “biggest fear” and he was now taking “preventive action”.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and can cause memory and communication problems.

Hemsworth discovered that he has two copies of the ApoE4 gene, one from his mother and one from his father, making him eight to 10 times more likely to develop the disease than people without both copies of the gene.

About 23% of the population carry two copies of the gene.

“It’s not like I’ve tendered my resignation,” Hemsworth said. “When you’re concerned with preventing Alzheimer’s, the benefit of taking preventative measures is that they affect the rest of your life.”

“It’s managing sleep, stress, diet, exercise, fitness,” he continued, explaining that he decided to slow down because the test result “really triggered something inside.”

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“My concerns stemmed from the fact that I just didn’t want to alter or overdramatize (the outcome) on the show,” said the Australian actor.

In Limitless, Hemsworth tests the limits of his body and explores ways to live longer, healthier lives.

The actor stressed that he was not diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but was warned about his genetic predisposition.

“It’s not a determining gene, but it’s a strong indicator,” he explained. “Ten years ago, I think it was considered more crucial.”

Hemsworth explained that the original idea for the series was for him to get all the results of his genetic tests on camera.

However, series creator Darren Aronofsky decided to privately share the results as soon as they came in.

The actor was offered the opportunity to remove any reference to the test and Alzheimer’s from the show, but decided to keep the information to help raise awareness.

“My concerns stemmed from the fact that I just didn’t want to alter or overdramatize (the result) into some kind of cheesy empathy tool or anything else that was formatted for entertainment,” the Australian said, adding that his grandfather had been diagnosed… with Alzheimer’s.

The actor will next be seen in Furiosa, the Mad Max spinoff, which wrapped filming earlier this month. Hemsworth said he will be taking a break from his career following the Limitless Promotion Tour and the delivery of another already signed work.

He will return to his home in Byron Bay, Australia to spend more time with his partner, actress Elsa Pataky, and their three children.

Chris Hemsworth: Alzheimer’s Risk Prompts ‘Thor’ Actor To Take Career Break – S Chronicles

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