Chase star Paul Sinha diagnosed with Parkinson's disease - USA DAILY NEWS

Chase star Paul Sinha diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

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The Chase star Paul Sinha has revealed he is suffering with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 49.

The TV star, who plays the Bradley Walsh-hosted show under the nickname The Sinnerman, opened up about his diagnosis after a two-year battle with his health.

Taking to Twitter , he said: “I have Parkinson’s disease. I will fight this with every breath I have.”

Paul joked that he is now out of the running to join the Dancing On Ice line-up in a blog about his diagnosis.

 



“In the time since my Parkinson’s started I have been ludicrously busy, and fully intend to keep Chasing, keep writing and performing comedy, keep quizzing and keep being hopeless at Tasks,” he said.

“Dancing on Ice is, I suspect, out of the question. A lot of people have asked ‘What can I do to help?’ The answer is to treat me exactly the same as before.”

In a post simply titled ‘Diagnosed’, Paul opened up about  being told he has Parkinson’s just a couple of weeks ago.

He’s being supported by his fiance Oliver and their families.

“It was a devastating denouement to a medical odyssey that began in September 2017 with a sudden-onset, frozen right shoulder, and took in an unexpected diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, a lifestyle transformation that enabled me to lose two stone, and a shoulder operation in January this year,” he wrote.

 



Paul, who operates as The Sinnerman, was forced to lost two stone this year as part of his health battle

A trip to New Zealand in May this year had Paul feeling terrified about why his limp was getting worse.

“Behind the facade of the cheerful, late night comedy festival drunk was a man deeply scared about facing the truth when back in the UK,” he continued.

“It has been a really, really tough two weeks. Cancelling my run at the Edinburgh Fringe, missing the World Quizzing Championships to have brain scans, performing club sets whilst emotionally bewildered, and of course working my way through my loved ones, delivering the bad news.

 



Paul said he was ‘deeply scared’ to learn why his limp was getting worse

“With the diagnosis now confirmed, and a treatment plan in place, I now feel far more prepared for the new challenges ahead.”

Paul went on: “I have an amazing family, no strangers to serious medical illness, I’m blessed to have a fiance who is there for me, and I have a multitude of friends and colleagues whom I consider to be exceptional human beings. I don’t consider myself unlucky, and whatever the next stage of my life holds for me, many others have it far worse.”

Paul has appeared on the ITV daytime quiz show since 2011, appearing under the names The Smiling Assassin, Sinnerman and Sarcasm In A Suit as the fourth Chaser.



Paul is being supported by his fiance Oliver

He and Oliver got engaged in January this year when Paul popped the question.

Speaking of their relationship in 2017, the Chaser joked that he and Oliver are “the power couple in the world of quizzing”.

“I don’t want kids, I don’t think my life is conducive to that level of responsibility. Good luck to anyone who wants kids. It’s just not for me and I’ve known that for a long time. Luckily my boyfriend agrees,” he told GuysLikeU.

“Marriage is not for me either. I am passionately in support of it but it’s not for me. I couldn’t put my Hindu parents through the rigmarole of gay marriage, they have been so amazing and so great and so supportive – when I told them I had a boyfriend they were like, ‘Thank the lord for that!'”



Paul, second right, with his Chase co-stars

Parkinson’s UK chief executive Steve Ford applauded Paul for going public with his diagnosis.

“Paul bravely speaking about his Parkinson’s diagnosis, and the journey he has been on to get to this point, will do so much to raise awareness of this much misunderstood condition,” he said in a statement to Mirror Online.

“With more than 40 symptoms, Parkinson’s undoubtedly throws up new challenges, but with the right treatment and support we can help people to take control of their lives with this unpredictable condition.

“Paul’s determination to live well with Parkinson’s is mirrored by an incredibly passionate Parkinson’s community, determined both to find new and better treatments but also to not let Parkinson’s hold them back. We wish Paul all the best with his future projects.”

 

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Parkinson’s disease is incurable and causes parts of the brain to become progressively damaged over many years, the NHS says.

The three main symptoms are involuntary shaking (tremors) of parts of the body, slow movement, and stiff and inflexible muscles.

Other physical and psychological symptoms can include depression and anxiety, problems with balance, loss of sense of smell, insomnia and memory problems.

It is caused by a loss of nerve cells in a part of the brain called substantia nigra, which leads to a reduction of the chemical dopamine.

Dopamine helps regulate the movement of the body.

A combination of genetic and environmental factors may be responsible for the loss of nerve cells, although the exact cause remains unclear.

It is thought that about one in 500 people (or 127,000) are affected by Parkinson’s disease in the UK.

Most people develop symptoms when they’re over 50, although one in 20 experience their first symptoms when they’re under 40.

Men are slightly more likely to develop the condition than women.

Treatments such as physiotherapy, medication and, in some cases, brain surgery can help reduce the main symptoms, but there is no cure.

Most sufferers now lead a normal or near-normal life expectancy.

While Parkinson’s doesn’t directly cause people to die, it can place great strain on the body and make some people more vulnerable to serious and life-threatening infections, the NHS says.

 

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