Tom Hanks Has Diabetes
Over 50 million Americans are living with diabetes…Oscar winner Tom Hanks is one of them.
On Monday night’s episode of the Late Show With David Letterman, Hanks, 57, revealed that he has Type 2 diabetes. Although he’s experienced symptoms of diabetes since he was 36, the Captain Phillips star was only formally diagnosed with the disease this year.
“I went to the doctors and they said, ‘You know those high blood sugar numbers you’ve been living with since you were 36? Well, you’ve graduated. You’ve got Type 2 diabetes, young man…’You know something’s gonna kill us all, Dave…”
Type 2 diabetes, also known as adult onset diabetes, effects the pancreas’ ability to produce insulin. The condition often develops as a result of being overweight and/or inactive. Genetics can also play a factor.
There’s been some speculation that Tom’s fluctuating weight over the years could have led to his diagnosis. The actor gained then lost 50 pounds for the box office hit Castaway. Hanks also lost 40 pounds to play an AIDS-afflicted lawyer in the ’90s film Philadelphia.
Diabetes can often be controlled through diet and insulin injections.
“My doctor said, ‘If you can weigh as much as you weighed in high school, you’ll essentially be completely healthy and not have Type 2 diabetes.’ And I said, ‘Well, I’m going to have Type 2 diabetes then,’” Hanks joked.
Written by Castina on October 8th, 2013 | Tagged as: Tom Cruise