Preparing to shoot the new documentary series Without limits on Disney +, Chris Hemsworth learned to have 8 to 10 times more luck of contracting Alzheimer’s disease due to a genetic predisposition. only 39 years oldthe actor decided to make a career break to enjoy family time, according to the interview given to Vanity Fair (source 1). His grandfather is himself suffering from this disease. Medical examinations carried out for the filming of the series showed that the actor had two copies of a gene, APOE4, which had an impact on the fact of develop the degenerative disease.
“Once I finish the promo for this project, I’m going to go home and take a huge break and rest. I just want to enjoy being with my kids and my wife,” he said during the interview. interview with Vanity Fair.
Only 2 to 3% of the population would have these two genes, which have a role in the onset of this disease. Although the Australian actor is not sick at the moment, this news made him realize that he wanted to reorganize his life, in the perspective of where he would become.
What is the link between this gene and Alzheimer’s disease?
Of the McGill University researchers highlighted the link between this APOE4 gene and the disease (source 2). Indeed, this gene would be linked to the deposition of tau protein toxins in the brain, which would be characteristic of the disease. The Tau protein is neurological and causes degeneration, especially memory. Even if the exact causes of this disease remain poorly understood, the presence of these genes is a significant indication in its development.