Tom Hanks Has Type 2 Diabetes

Tom Hanks, an actor known for his strong roles, revealed one of his weaknesses on Monday: He has type 2 diabetes.

During an appearance on "Late Show With David Letterman" this week, Hanks said his doctor told him he had moved from a state of pre-diabetes into full-blown diabetes territory.

"I went to the doctor and he said, 'You know those high blood sugar numbers you've been dealing with since you were 36?'" Hanks told Letterman. "'Well, you've graduated. You've got Type 2 diabetes, young man.'"

Celebrities with diabetes

Hanks isn't the first well-known celebrity to give a face to type 2 diabetes. Paula Deen, Drew Carey, Sherri Shepherd and Biz Markie have all spoken openly about their struggles with the condition.

Hanks' weight has fluctuated over the years for various film roles, but he currently appears to be fit and trim. For his 1992 appearance in "A League of Their Own," for example, Hanks gained 30 pounds to play coach JImmy Dugan.

A positive outlook

Despite the news, Hanks seems optimistic about things, saying that his condition is "controllable." His doctor advised him to weight as much as he weighed in high school for the best long-term health results – but the actor doesn't know if that's feasible.

“There was no way I was gonna weigh what I weighed in high school ... I was 96 pounds," Hanks joked.

On Twitter, he assured his fans that the diagnosis wasn't a death sentence.

"Type 2 I can manage with good habits," he wrote.

A video of the actor's interview with David Letterman can be seen on YouTube.

Source: NY Daily News

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