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Tom Hanks reveals he has type 2 diabetes

Updated: 2013-10-08T21:27:45Z

By LISA GUTIERREZ

The Kansas City Star

Tom Hanks told David Letterman on Monday that he was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, admitting that he’s been dealing with high blood sugar for the last 20 years.

The Oscar winner appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” to talk about his new movie, “Captain Phillips.” But before the chat turned to movie-making, Hanks made his announcement.

"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,’” he told Letterman.

The disease is controllable, Hanks said, but he joked: “Well, something’s going to kill us all, Dave.”

He said his doctor told him that if he could get his weight down to what it was in high school – 96 pounds – he would essentially be completely healthy and not have type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease.

Hanks told his doctor: “Well, I'm gonna have type 2 diabetes ‘cause there is no way I can weigh as much as I did in high school.’”

Hanks, 57, said he’s been dealing with high blood sugar numbers since he was 36, around the time he made “Forrest Gump.”

Other celebrities with type 2 diabetes include Halle Berry, Patti LaBelle and Paula Deen.

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