- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Appearing to promote his new film “Captain Phillips,” Tom Hanks revealed to David Letterman Monday night that’s he’s suffering from 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?,’” the 57-year-old said on “Late Show With David Letterman.” “‘Well, you graduated! You’ve got Type 2 diabetes, young man.’”

Hanks‘ yo-yoing weight for various movie roles could have played a part in his condition, an expert told the New York Post.


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“My doctor said, ‘If you can weigh as much as you weighed in high school… you will essentially be completely healthy… you will not have Type 2 diabetes.’ And then I said to her, ‘Well, I’m gonna have Type 2 diabetes. Because there is no way I can weigh as much as I did in high school,’” the actor joked, adding that he weighed 96-pounds in high school.

Mr. Hanks said his condition is under control as long as he watches his weight, the New York Post reported.