Tom Hanks has admitted that he has type 2 Diabetes. Joining the likes of George Lucas (and myself) it seems the actor who has appeared in Spielberg movies such as Saving Private Ryan and The Terminal has been suffering with the symptoms for some time but only recently has he had it confirmed. It also seems likely that one of the contributions to the condition may be his dramatic weight loss and gain for various roles he’s played over the years such as Castaway.
Appearing on The Late Show With Letterman he told Letterman: “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 also said, “It’s controllable. Something’s going to kill us all, Dave. My doctor said ‘If you can weigh as much as you weighed in high school you will essentially be completely healthy and will not have Type 2 diabetes. I said ‘Well, I’m gonna have Type 2 diabetes because there is no way I can weigh as much as I did in high school.'”
In the 1992 film A League of Their Own he deliberately put on 30 pounds to play a baseball coach. When he starred in Cast Away in 2000 he lost 50 pounds to make himself believable as a man stuck on a desert island.
Dr Holly Phillips, medical contributor for America’s CBS TV network, 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.”
“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,”