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Tom Hanks Diagnosed With Type 2 Diabetes

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Oscar Winning Hollywood actor Tom Hanks has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a lifelong condition, which occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin. He revealed this in the late night talk show, hosted by David Letterman on Monday. Tom Hanks said that he had been battling high blood sugar for some time now.

Speaking about his sugar level in his blood to host David Letterman, the 57-year-old actor said, "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."

Though the condition can be controlled through an effective diet, Hanks chooses to do otherwise. "Well it's controllable and through diet. 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.' And I said, 'Well, I'm going to have Type 2 diabetes then'," he added. Tom Hanks then went on to joke, "Something's going to kill us all, Dave."

During his career, Tom Hanks has reinvented himself time and again and has won two Best Actor Oscars, for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump. In almost all his films, the plot required him to transform his body in order to play his role authentically. In the film A League of Their Own, (Released in the year 1992) Tom Hanks gained 30 pounds to play a baseball coach. He later lost 50 pounds for his movie Cast Away (Released in 2000) to make himself believable as a man stuck on a desert island.

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