Tom Hanks reveals he has Type II diabetes to David Letterman
Tom Hanks used the opportunity Monday night to promote his new movie Captain Phillips on The Late Show with David Letterman to tell the world he's a diabetic. We can't wait until he replaces Wilford Brimley on all those commercials!
"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 told Letterman. Of course, the natural question is, did all his weight fluctuations for roles over the years have anything to do with it?
"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," Dr. Holly Phillips, a medical contributor, told CBS News. "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 diabetes later."
Hanks, 57, packed on 30 pounds for A League of Their Own, and went from 225 to 170 pounds in Castaway, CBS notes, but we also remember him looking thin in Philadelphia and not so thin in The Da Vinci Code, but that may have been the mullet talking. Or, since Phillips isn't Hanks' doctor, it could have been a simple genetic predisposition or high-fructose corn syrup or a voodoo curse. His real doctor did give him sort of good news, though.
"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' and I said, 'Well, I'm gonna have Type 2 diabetes cause there is no way I can weigh as much as I did in high school,'" he told Letterman. To find out why, watch the video below.