By Justin Ravitz
Tom Hanks was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, he revealed on Monday (Oct. 7) on “Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS.
The two-time Oscar winner and star of the new movie “Captain Phillips,” explained that he’d been battling high blood sugar numbers for decades.
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“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 recalled to David Letterman.
The beloved 57-year-old star has famously gained and lost weight rapidly for roles in films such as “A League of Their Own,” “Philadelphia” and “Cast Away,” which could have been a contributing factor to the development of type 2 diabetes.
Although it’s a serious diagnosis for the married father of four, Hanks will be able to “live a perfectly normal life,” Dr. Holly Phillips noted on CBS News. “He’ll have to watch what he eats very closely, he’ll need to exercise regularly.”
“In dramatic weight gain and dramatic weight loss the equilibrium of the body is just completely off,” Phillips added.