ITV The Chase's Paul Sinha supported as he issues update on health battle

The Chase's Paul Sinha
The Chase's Paul Sinha -Credit:ITV

The Chase star Paul Sinha has opened up about his health since being diagnosed with Parkinson's at 49, insisting he won't let the condition define him.

The quizzing ace, who has become a household name on ITV's hit show, is keen to show that life doesn't stop with Parkinson's and hopes to inspire others. Despite the challenges of his diagnosis in 2019, Paul has continued to thrive on television, recently returning to our screens in the latest series of Beat The Chasers.

He shared: "I'm trying to prove to the world that Parkinson's doesn't have to be the end of somebody's story... that you can carry on doing the things you love. The important thing is to not let it define you."

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At 53, Paul remains a formidable presence on the quiz show, reports the Mirror, and takes particular pride in his participation. He said: "I take being on Beat The Chasers as a real point of pride because of the speed and reflexes required to be on the show.

"Whenever I buzz in and get anything right, it's a point of massive pride to me. I feel that I've shown in the past three or four years that you can do it whilst having Parkinson's. There's no limit to what you feel you're able to do."

For Paul, being part of Beat The Chasers has even played a role in managing his Parkinson's.

The 'Sinnerman', from ITV's The Chase, said: "It's a good way of measuring its progression because my results haven't got worse since I got Parkinson's. It's a good way of measuring my brain's ability and function.

"I've always said that if I felt that the ability was going down, I'd call it myself, and I still stand by that. But it's definitely not going down, so that's fine."

Before embracing his now full-time career as a quizzer on TV shows such as The Weakest Link, Mastermind, and University Challenge: The Professionals, the Luton-born star had a stint as a junior doctor in London and King's Lynn hospitals, during which he started dabbling in the world of stand-up comedy.

A year ago, Paul voiced his concerns about the uncertainty of his stand-up career due to his declining energy levels. During every Edinburgh Fringe Festival, he confessed to feeling that it might be his finale.

He said: "I have no idea how long I'm going to be a stand-up for, because I get more tired with every passing year. I just want to go up and do a show that is fun."

Paul, married to Oliver Levy, shared on the RHLSTP podcast that: "Without wishing to sound bleak, my time is running out. I don't know to what degree my time is running out.

"It could be five years, it could be 10. I just want to go, 'I'm enjoying myself.' I think it's important to end your career with no regrets."

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