Tom Hanks reveals he has Type 2 diabetes

Feb. 10, 2013; New York, NY, USA; American actor Tom Hanks attends the game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Hanks recently appeared on late night television where he revealed something very personal. While Hanks was on the show to promote his upcoming film ”Captain Phillips,” he let the world know that he was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

“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 said on the Late Show with David Letterman, via the Los Angeles Times.

It was obviously a sobering moment for the crowd and David Letterman, but Hanks made a wise crack to bring some laughs to the audience.

“It’s controllable. Something’s gonna kill us all, Dave.”

Hanks went on to explain how he can get the diabetes under control and then cracked yet another joke.

“My doctor said, ‘Look, if you can weigh as much as you weighed in high school, you’ll essentially be completely healthy. You will not have Type 2 diabetes,’” Hanks said. “I said to her, ‘Well, I’m going to have Type 2 diabetes, because there’s no way I can weigh as much as I did in high school.’”

He finished by saying that he weighed 96 pounds in high school, with most of the weight coming from a “big wide afro.”

We are wishing Tom Hanks all the best.

Topics: Movies, Tom Hanks

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