Tom Hanks Reveals He Has Diabetes
"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,'" Hanks told Letterman.
Hanks has been known to lose and gain dramatic amounts of weight for roles which could have contributed to him developing diabetes. Hanks gained 30 pounds for his role in A League of Their Own. He then lost 30 pounds to play an AIDS patient in Philadelphia, winning an Oscar in the process. Seven years later, he dropped 55 pounds for his role in Cast Away, which earned him another Academy Award nomination.
CBS News reports that the diagnosis is not devastating for Hanks, who, with diet and exercise, can live a perfectly normal life.
"He'll have to watch what he eats very closely, he'll need to exercise regularly but there's no reason he can't live a perfectly normal life," [medical contributor Dr. Holly Phillips] said. "In dramatic weight gain and dramatic weight loss, the equilibrium of the body is just completely off. So that might predispose him to developing type 2 diabetes later."
UPDATE: Hanks has taken to Twitter that he is in good health and we will not be losing our number one national treasure anytime soon.
Yep, I have #2 diabetes. Type 1 is VERY SERIOUS! Type 2 I can manage with good habits. I shall! Hanx— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) October 8, 2013