Jeremy Clarkson shares dementia fears as he admits his body doesn’t work anymore

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    Jeremy Clarkson has revealed that he is afraid of getting dementia, as he continues to suffer with a long-term health problem.

    Former BBC presenter Clarkson, 63, shared the update on his health with his loyal fans. He added that as he is beginning to age, he is starting to experience mobility problems, confessing: "Most of my body doesn't really work anymore."

    Clarkson, who is the star of The Grand Tour and Clarkson's Farm, also said that his worst health problem is his hearing – an issue that has been prominent in his life for 12 years. During that time, he had been struggling to make it through, but said he was able to cope.

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    But after learning of the growing connection between hearing loss and dementia, Jeremy decided enough was enough and chose to take action to fight the disease. Writing in his column in The Times newspaper, Jeremy said: "I was told after my most recent medical that hearing loss will double the chance of me catching dementia.

    "Maybe it's already happening," he continued. "That would explain why I can never find my spectacles."

    According to the NHS, if someone has mild hearing loss that has not been treated well, the risk of getting dementia doubles. Should a patient have moderate hearing loss, this risk increases to being three times as likely – and should the hearing loss be severe, a patient can be five times as likely to develop the condition.

    Upon hearing about the link between the two conditions, the former Top Gear host sought medical help. When speaking to his GP, he was told he was worse at hearing specific words, including words such as "dishwasher".

    To treat the condition, Clarkson has now been able to grab some "snazzy" hearing aids that may be able to treat his problems. The NHS recommends the use of hearing aids to bring down the likelihood of developing the disease.

    Despite his moves to combat the illness, this is not the first time that Jeremy has shared a concerning health update for fans. Earlier in the year, he shared that a doctor warned him of an "agonising and premature death" if he did not stop chewing nicotine gum.

    Jeremy had previously said that he had switched away from cigarettes to the gum as a way to ween himself off nicotine. However, whilst he helped his body somewhat thanks to giving up the cigarettes, the gum had a serious side effect.

    Speaking to The Sun, Clarkson said that the nicotine gum was triggering a rise in his bloody pressure and that it would only get worse if he did not give up the gum soon. This adds to Jeremy's ongoing health issues, including his increased immobility – with the presenter having issues with his knees and joints.

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