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Tom Hanks Reveals To David Letterman: I Have Type 2 Diabetes

Tue, October 8, 2013 12:16pm EDT by Emily Longeretta 17 Comments
Tom Hanks Diabetes 2
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Tom is known for doing anything to create a good film — this includes drastic weight gain and loss for iconic characters he’s played in films like ‘Castaway’ and ‘A League of Their Own.’ However, it has caught up with him, he revealed on the ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ on Oct. 6.

Tom Hanks appears to have it all– an amazing wife, a successful career, and multiple Academy Awards. However, he has now revealed that he has to focus more on staying healthy since his doctor diagnosed him with Type 2 Diabetes. So sad!

Tom Hanks Tells David Letterman: I’ve Got Diabetes

The 57-year-old star visited Late Show with David Letterman to promote his new film Captain Phillips, but actually dropped a sad announcement — that he’s been struggling with high blood sugar since he was 36.

“I went to the doctor and he said, ‘You know those high blood sugar numbers you’ve been dealing with since you were 36? Well, you’ve graduated. You’ve got type 2 diabetes, young man.”

However, he remembers the importance of keeping everything funny and light-hearted. “Something’s going to kill us all, Dave,” he joked.

He also said that his doctor told him he should go back to what he weighed in high school to be healthy again.

“And I said to her, ‘Well I’m gonna have Type 2 diabetes,'” he said laughing. “There was no way I was gonna weigh what I weighed in high school! I was 96 pounds.”

Was Tom’s Diabetes Caused By His Weight Loss For Roles?

The award-winning actor has taken on various roles where he’s had to drastically gain and lose weight. For A League of Their Own, he gained 30 pounds; for Castaway, he dropped 55!

Dr. Holly Phillips told CBS News that the father of four should still be able to “live a perfectly normal life” since the diagnosis, but will have to “watch what he eats very closely” and “exercise regularly.”

“In dramatic weight gain and dramatic weight loss the equilibrium of the body is just completely off,” she added. “So that might predispose him to developing type 2 diabetes later.”

We’re hoping that Tom will take it easy and get better soon!

WATCH: David Letterman – Dave and Tom Hanks Hug It Out

— Emily Longeretta

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