Tom Hanks diagnosed with diabetes

But are the star's weight fluctuations demanded by his acting roles to blame?

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Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks has revealed he has type 2 diabetes.

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The 57 year old, who has suffered from high blood sugar levels since the age of 36, announced his diagnosis on US talk show The Late Show with David Letterman.

Following the news, there has been speculation that the actor’s desire to play roles authentically may have contributed to his condition. The star lost a significant amount of weight for his role in the 2000 film Cast Away. Several years earlier, Hanks gained weight to play baseball coach Jimmy Dugan in A League of Their Own.

While there is no clear evidence these weight fluctuations directly resulted in the diagnosis, Dr Holly Phillips, medical contributor for America’s CBS TV network, stated: “In dramatic weight gain and weight loss, the equilibrium of the body is completely off. So that might predispose him to developing type 2 diabetes later.”

Despite his diagnosis, Hanks will still be able to live a relatively normal life – if you call receiving a possible 3rd Oscar for his role in Captain Phillips normal. 


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