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
“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,”
Hanks revealed his diagnosis after Letterman commented on how “trim”
he was looking.
The actor added: “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.'”
Asked what he weighed in high school the actor joked that he had been “96
pounds then,” adding: “I was a very skinny boy.”
It is estimated that at least 366 million people worldwide suffer from
diabetes, with the vast majority having Type 2, a condition in which the
body does not produce enough insulin to maintain normal blood sugar levels,
or the insulin produced does not work properly.
The condition has been linked to obesity, poor diet and sedentary lifestyles
and can lead to serious complications including kidney damage, blindness,
nerve damage, heart disease and limb loss. Experts believe most cases could
be prevented by a healthy lifestyle.
Other high profile figures who suffer from Type 2 diabetes include the actress
Halle Berry, who was diagnosed at the age of 19 after collapsing into a
diabetic coma on the set of a TV show.
Hanks is being tipped for a possible third Oscar for his latest film Captain
Phillips. He plays Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama which was
captured by Somali pirates in 2009.