Scottish TV chef Gordon Ramsay has been told to “slow down” by doctors after giving him a bombshell diagnosis of arthritis.
The food king was back on our TVs last night starring in a festive episode of Gordon, Gino & Fred, where the trio explored the most northerly point of Finland.
During his busy schedule of filming, cooking and travelling Gordon usually likes to workout to boost his fitness.
It was after a fall while running in Richmond Park, London, that Gordon sustained an injury that sparked the beginning of his health diagnosis.
As a youngster Ramsay was a keen footballer, who was on the books at Rangers FC, however at the age of 16 he suffered a career-ending knee injury which forced him into the kitchen.
Speaking to Hello about his diagnosis, Gordon said: “I’ve just come off two weeks on crutches as I had meniscus surgery.
“I did it running up that hill in Richmond Park, bolting up it. And when I got the X-rays back, the doctor said, ‘You’ve got arthritis in your knee.’
“I’d never heard that word in relation to me before.”
“He [the doctor] told me I needed to start slowing down. It was a case of, ‘Imagine you’ve got 1.5million steps to run over the next 30 years… pace yourself.’”
Arthritis is a common condition which can cause severe pain and inflammation of the joints. It affects more than 10 million people, but for Gordon the diagnosis was desperately unwanted.
He added: “You just don’t want to hear you’ve got arthritis in your knee.”
What made the diagnosis worse for Gordon was his commitment to fitness, according to Cornwall Live. The chef ensures that on top of his busy work schedule, which can be as long as 12 hours, he always does his two-hour workouts.
Gordon uses exercise as a “release”, and immediately thought that his arthritis diagnosis would disrupt his ability to train.
“I am slightly scared of stopping but do know I will have to slow down at some stage,” he continued.
For Gordon however, arthritis is not his only health trouble, after losing his father to a heart attack aged only 53, the star realises he could follow in the same footsteps.
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