Hanks’ diabetes discovery

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks is suffering from type 2 diabetes.

The Hollywood icon only recently received the diagnosis from doctors, even though he has actually been experiencing many symptoms for the last two decades.

“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,’” Tom told talk show host David Letterman.

Type 2 diabetes happens when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin to work properly and is managed via diet and exercise in the first instance.

Tom has started taking extra care of his body after discovering he has the condition and confirmed the diagnosis after David commented that he was looking trim.

The 57-year-old star is now slimmer than he has been for years, although doubts he will be able to lose the amount of weight his physician would like. The doctor has told him to get down to his high school weight – which was a slight 96lbs.

“Well it’s controllable and through diet,” he explained. “My doctor said, ‘If you can weigh what you weighed in high school, you’ll essentially be completely healthy and not have type 2 diabetes.’ I said, ‘Well I’m going to have type 2 diabetes then.’ I was a very skinny boy.”

Tom isn’t overly concerned about the diagnosis as he is now taking such good care of himself and fully embracing a healthy lifestyle.

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