Tom Hanks reveals he has diabetes

2013-10-09 08:09
Tom Hanks
Los Angeles - Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks has diabetes, he revealed on a US talk show.

Hanks told David Letterman on Monday night that his doctor had diagnosed him with Type 2 diabetes, but assured a worried studio audience that the illness was controllable.

"My doctor said, 'Look, if you can weigh as much as you weighed in high school, you'll essentially be completely healthy. You will not have Type 2 diabetes,'" Hanks said.

"I said to her, 'Well, I'm going to have Type 2 diabetes, because there's no way I can weigh as much as I did in high school.'"

Hanks, 57, was on the show to promote his upcoming movie Captain Phillips in which he plays the skipper of a US cargo ship taken over by Somali pirates.

Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which the body is unable to maintain blood sugar levels. Over 350 million people around the world are thought to suffer from it.

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