The Word: Tom Hanks has Type 2 diabetes

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 09:  Actor Tom Hanks arrives at the BAFTA Brits To Watch event held at the Belasco Theatre on July 9, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Tom Hanks has had high blood sugar since age 36. Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Get back, cookies. You leave our Tom Hanks alone.

The beloved star, whose film “Captain Phillips” comes out this week, revealed last night on the “Late Show” that he has 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? Well, you’ve graduated,’” he said to David Letterman. “‘You’ve got Type 2 diabetes, young man.’”

Hanks said his doctor did offer him an escape strategy. “She said, ‘Look, if you can weigh as much as you did in high school, you will essentially be completely healthy, you will not have Type 2 diabetes.’ And I said to her, ‘Well, I’m going to have Type 2 diabetes.’ Because there is no way I can weigh as much as I did in high school.”

Come on. Tom looks like he’s already in pretty good shape. He can make it. How much did he weigh in high school?

“I weighed 96 pounds in high school,” he claims. “And most of that was that big, wide afro.”

OK. Maybe just try to ride that Type 2 wave, then.


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