Tom Hanks: I Have Type 2 Diabetes

Celebrity News Oct. 8, 2013 AT 10:30AM
Tom Hanks at the premiere of "Captain Phillips" on September 30, 2013 Tom Hanks has diabetes Credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Take care of yourself, Tom Hanks! The two-time Oscar winning actor, 57, was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, he revealed on the Monday, Oct. 7 episode of the Late Show with David Letterman.

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The Captain Phillips star explained that he'd been battling high blood sugar numbers for decades. "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.

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The beloved star has famously gained and lost weight rapidly for roles in films like 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."

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"In dramatic weight gain and dramatic weight loss the equilibrium of the body is just completely off," Phillips added.

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