Britain’s popular quizzer and comedian, “The Sinnerman”, or Paul Sinha is a well-known name. He is a doctor but his interest in comedy and broadcasting has made him a household name.
He appears on ITV’s The Chase as one of the ‘chasers’. This multitalented person is a veteran of the British comedy scene, having started in 1995 alongside the likes of Micky Flanagan, as well as being one of Britain’s top quizzers.
Unfortunately, Paul has been struggling with his health issues since mid-2019. Keep reading to know more about his struggles.
In May 2019, Paul was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. A degenerative neurological disorder, two years after experiencing an early symptom in a “sudden-onset, frozen right shoulder”.
Sinha appeared on Loose Women on 15 April 2022 on the occasion of Parkinson’s Awareness Week. There he said that he was “fighting fit”.
“To be perfectly honest with you, Covid has been more part of my life than Parkinson’s because Parkinson’s is quite a slow process compared to a global pandemic,” he shared.
“So I’ve had more worries with Covid than Parkinson’s because I’m not quite where I was two years ago for sure but I’m still fighting fit.”
Asked for advice for anyone showing symptoms of the condition, Sinha said: “The NHS is still one of the greatest things we have and it’s there for you and you’ve paid your taxes to use it… Go and see your GP, if you’re worried about any aspect of your health, go and seek help. Don’t sit on the problem like I did for a few months.”
He then told viewers to “cherish life”.
Parkinson’s is caused by a lack of dopamine in the brain, with symptoms including involuntary tremors, slower movement, and stiffness in the muscles.
In 2021, Sinha was even forced to drop out of ITV’s spin-off quiz series Beat the Chasers due to his health condition.
According to Mayo Clinic: “Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder that affects the nervous system and the parts of the body controlled by the nerves. Symptoms start slowly. The first symptom may be a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. Tremors are common, but the disorder may also cause stiffness or slowing of movement.”
“Although Parkinson’s disease can’t be cured, medications might significantly improve your symptoms. Occasionally, your health care provider may suggest surgery to regulate certain regions of your brain and improve your symptoms.”
Paul Sinha has been battling Parkinson’s disease since 2019. Although, he is coping well with the support of his husband, Oliver, and the rest of his family. We hope the comedian is strong and can live a lot more successful years, despite his illness.
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