Tom Hanks chooses to live with type 2 Diabetes rather than lose weight….

Oct 10, 2013

Tom Hanks has been formally diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.  Appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman on Monday Night in the US the world famous 57 year old Actor told him he had moved from pre diabetes to full blown diabetes.

475px-TomHanksJan2009 (1)“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,’ ” Hanks told Letterman. ” ‘You’ve got Type 2 diabetes, young man.’ ”

With type 2 diabetes, the pancreas makes some insulin but it is not produced in the amount your body needs and it does not work effectively.  It is an incurable disease attributable to a combination of lifestyle and genetic issues.

Hanks said on TV that he has chosen to live with the disease rather than lose weight dramatically.

“It’s controllable through diet. My doctor said, ‘If you can weigh what you weighed in high school, you’ll essentially be completely healthy and not have type 2 diabetes.’

“And I said, ‘Well, I’m going to have type 2 diabetes then.'”

Tom Hanks has over the years been famous for his ability to lose and gain weight according to the requirements of his on screen Characters.  For the highly acclaimed movie Cast Away he apparently lost 25kg.

Have you been told you might have pre diabetes symptoms or even Diabetes 2?  Did you opt to lose the weight or live with the disease? 



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