Is Chris Hemsworth taking a break from acting, after discovering he has a genetic predisposition for Alzheimer’s disease?!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Chris Hemsworth Is Taking Break Over Alzheimer’s Gene News!
The entertainment industry is abuzz over a Vanity Fair article about Chris Hemsworth, after he revealed that he has a genetic predisposition for Alzheimer’s disease!
Many reported that Chris Hemsworth has decided to take a break from acting after receiving the news he has not one, but two APOE4 genes, which predisposes to Alzheimer’s disease.
Truth : Chris Hemsworth NOT Taking Break Over Alzheimer’s Gene News!
Unfortunately, this is yet another case of FAKE NEWS created by writers who did not read the Vanity Fair article, or just wanted to inject more drama into the story…
Fact #1 : Chris Hemsworth Was Tested While Filming Limitless
First, let’s start with some basic facts about how Chris Hemsworth came to discover he had a genetic predisposition for developing Alzheimer’s disease.
- Earlier this year, Chris Hemsworth worked on the National Geographic documentary series, Limitless, which looks at how we might be able to push back on the natural aging process.
- To prepare for the fifth episode on the topic of Memory, he underwent tests, which eventually revealed that he had a very strong predisposition to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
- Specifically, the tests show that he has two copies of the APOE4 gene – one from his mother, and one from his father.
- According to a 2021 National Institutes of Health study, one in four people will carry a single copy of the gene, but only 2 to 3% of the population will have both copies of the APOE4 gene.
Okay, now that you have the context, let’s take a look at why Chris Hemsworth is NOT taking a break from acting over this shocking discovery.
Fact #2 : Chris Hemsworth Does NOT Have Alzheimer’s Disease
Let me start by clearing up another claim – that Chris Hemsworth already has Alzheimer’s disease.
No, Chris Hemsworth does NOT have Alzheimer’s disease. He was only joking when he suggested that his “memory’s getting worse“.
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Fact #3 : Chris Hemsworth May Not Develop Alzheimer’s Disease
Having two copies of the APOE4 gene does NOT necessarily mean Chris Hemsworth will develop Alzheimer’s disease in the future.
APOE4 (also known as apolipoprotein E) is not a pre-deterministic gene, although it strongly predisposes towards the development of Alzheimer’s disease. It also doesn’t help that Chris Hemworth’s grandfather has Alzheimer’s disease.
That said – neither of his parents have developed Alzheimer’s disease, and it is possible that Chris may not develop it either.
That’s why genetic testing for Alzheimer’s disease is not recommended for most people – a positive result does not necessarily mean you will develop it, but could result in undue stress and anxiety.
Fact #4 : Risk Of Alzheimer’s Can Be Reduced
Regardless of any genetic predisposition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease can be reduced by these ways:
- regular exercise
- managing your blood sugar level
- maintaining a healthy weight
- stop smoking
- avoid excessive drinking
- getting enough sleep
Chris took the test results in stride, and saw them as a way to be prepared and work to prevent it from happening:
Fact #5 : Chris Hemsworth Has Been Working Less
Chris Hemsworth then told Vanity Fair that he has become more selective in who he works with, because he has a wife and three young kids.
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Fact #6 : Chris Hemsworth Is Just Taking Some Time Off
When Chris Hemsworth talked about a different Limitless episode he did on death, he realised that he didn’t want to miss watching his kids grow up:
That was the trigger for him to decide on “taking some time off“. It’s no different from how we all need a break, and go on a holiday, or spend more time with the family.
To be clear – Chris Hemsworth is just taking a holiday, and that had NOTHING to do with the discovery he has a predisposition to develop Alzheimer’s disease in the future.
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Fact #7 : Chris Hemsworth Still Wants To Act
Just in case it was not clear enough that he’s not going to quit acting, Chris Hemsworth told Vanity Fair that he is still excited about acting, but is just “going to recharge” and “not be so focused on … what’s next”.
As if sensing that some writer out there is going to misunderstand what he told Vanity Fair, Chris Hemsworth repeated that he was not talking about retiring.
So let’s not make up stories about how poor Chris Hemsworth is so distraught that he has to take a break from acting to sob over the possibility of developing Alzheimer’s disease in the distant future.
Anyone who actually bothered to read the Vanity Fair interview would have seen him as a man on a mission to enjoy some time with his young family, while working to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in the future, because he knows what matters most to him, more than his fans or the films he makes – his family.
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