Romesh Ranganathan is frantically using brain-training puzzles and games as he’s terrified he is developing early-onset dementia.
The comic, 42, said he developed the fear after forgetting words which sent him on a “downward spiral”.
Romesh said: “Worrying about having dementia has led me to download Rosetta Stone Spanish, buy a Rubik’s cube, do Sudoku, and start playing weird mental games like thinking of series of names that begin with every letter of the alphabet.
“The trigger can be anything. Once it was because I couldn’t think of the word ‘education’ during a conversation about education.
“Another time it was when I couldn’t beat any of the children at the game Dobble. That sent me into an absolute downward spiral. I started googling things like, ‘Are children particularly good at Dobble?’"
Symptoms of early-onset dementia include “struggling to follow a conversation or find the right word” according to the NHS.
Dad-of-three Romesh also admitted in his new book As Good As It Gets that, along with his mind potentially going to pot, his body is hopeless.
He said he was ashamed to see himself topless on A League Of Their Own and hates that he’s still flabby despite being a vegan.
Romesh added: “I’m sure that people will tell me I’m self-body-shaming and all of that – but honestly, my physique is too funny to be sexy. It really is.
“I know that for a fact because it looks funny when I’m just standing up. If you want proof of that, take a look at the Stormzy performance Jamie Redknapp and I did on A League Of Their Own.”
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