Jeremy Clarkson Shares Sad Health Update

Jeremy Clarkson
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The former Top Gear presenter has issued a ‘worrying’ health update. 

Jeremy Clarkson, 63, is an English broadcaster, journalist and game show host who is known for his outspoken attitude.

In recent years, The Grand Tour host has been candid when it comes to his health, having previously said things aren’t going to get any better due to his many ailments.

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In his column for The Sun, Clarkson penned (via Daily Record): “My knees give me no confidence when I’m coming down a flight of stairs.

“My back locks solid if I attempt to walk up a hill.

“My lungs feel as if they’re on fire if I even look at a bicycle, and when I go for a swim it feels as though I have a small car on my back.”

However, the Clarkson’s Farm star now has a new issue to worry about following an appointment with his GP.

Clarkson has been diagnosed with high blood pressure and he’s been warned this could result in an ‘agonising and painful death’.

Jeremy Clarkson
Jeremy Clarkson has issued a ‘worrying’ health update about his high blood pressure. Credit: Alamy

In order to keep his levels under control, the 63-year-old has been encouraged to stay away from nicotine gum, which he began chewing years ago after giving up smoking.

Birmingham Live reports that Clarkson used to smoke a whopping 43 cigarettes a day until he was rushed to hospital in 2017 with pneumonia.

He told The Sunday Times (as per Daily Express): “I was told, by everyone, that I had to stop. Immediately.

“I had no choice at the time because the blood poisoning was so bad and I was so racked with the resultant rigors that I couldn’t work a cigarette lighter.”

Despite ditching cigs for nicotine gums, the presenter has been told this isn’t enough and his blood pressure has apparently seen a ‘negative rise’.

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Clarkson tells The Sun: “A doctor said it’s causing a worrying rise in my blood pressure and that if I don’t pack it in soon, I will suffer from an agonising and premature death.”

The NHS website says that serious problems such as a heart attack and strokes can be triggered if a high blood pressure isn’t treated.

As well as putting pressure on the heart, kidney and other organs, it also leads to additional strain on the blood vessels.

According to Mayo Clinic, there are numerous ways a person with high blood pressure can get this down.

It’s important to exercise, keep up a healthy diet, limit alcohol, quit smoking and keep your stress levels low.

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.