UPDATE (10/10/13): The Oscar winner tells the BBC that, while his condition is well-managed, that he can no longer undergo the demanding physical transformations he once could, thanks to his diabetes.
"I've talked to a number of actors who have gained weight for roles and – just out of the sheer physical toll on one's knees and shoulders – no one wants to do it again," he says. "I think that's more or less a young man's game. I'm 57 and I don't think I'm going to take on any job – or go on any vacation again – and see to it that I can gain 30 lbs." While he's keeping his weight steady with a healthy diet, he admits he still has a few weaknesses, although he tries to avoid them for his health. "Pizza is the most delightful thing ever invented," he says. "And it's – for me – diabolically dangerous."
Original story: When Tom Hanks sat down on the couch for The Late Show With David Letterman on October 7, he didn't make the usual small talk with Dave like most celebs are wont to do on talk shows — the 57-year-old took the chance to reveal that he is now living with type 2 diabetes.
"I went to the doctor," Tom recounted. "And he said, 'You know those high blood sugar numbers you've been dealing with since you were 36? Well, you graduated! You've got type 2 diabetes, young man.'"
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the condition, and those who have it can live normal lives with the proper nutrition and exercise.
Holly Phillips, a medical contributor to CBS News, posited that the weight gains and losses that Tom has made for movie roles — gaining 30 pounds for A League of Their Own and dropping 55 pounds for Cast Away, for example — could have predisposed him to the disease.
And, on the topic of his weight, the two-time Oscar winner and four-time Emmy winner said that he refused to take a doctor's recommendation, recalling their laughable conversation.
"My doctor said, 'Look, 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, then, I'm gonna have type 2 diabetes, because there is no way I can weigh as much as I did in high school. … I weighed 96 pounds in high school.'"
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