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Tom Hanks Has Diabetes, Weight Change May Be To Blame [VIDEO]

Update Date: Oct 08, 2013 04:30 PM EDT
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Academy Awards winner, Tom Hanks, revealed his diabetes diagnosis last night on CBS's David Letterman's "Late Show".

Although celebrities lead a fantasy sort of lifestyle, dreamed by many, they too have to take care of their health, in order to prevent their own dreams of success to fall short.

Hanks appearance on the "Late Show" was geared towards his talk of his role in the upcoming movie "Captain Phillips". Letterman's curiosity about his new role, led to his curiosity about his apparent weight loss.

"Explaining his recent weight loss to the talk show host, Hanks, 57, said his doctor told him, "You've graduated. You've got Type 2 diabetes, young man," said The New York Daily News.

"Type 2 diabetes was once called non-insulin-dependent diabetes, which is the most common form of diabetes, affecting 90% to 95% of the 26 million Americans with diabetes," stated in WebMD.

People with type 2 diabetes bodies are capable of producing insulin which differs from people with type 1 diabetes who cannot.

According to CBS News, Hanks has been well known for playing parts in which it has been mandatory for him to gain and lose weight.

"He packed on 30 pounds to play baseball coach Jimmy Dugan in 1992's "A League of Their Own," said CBS News. "Years later, he dropped from 225 pounds to 170 pounds for "Castaway," a dramatic transformation to portray a man stranded on a deserted island."

It isn't to infer that his drastic change in body has been a cause of his recent diagnosis, but with rising and fluctuating numbers on the scale, it may lead to possible health problems said CBS News medical contributor Dr. Holly Phillips.

"He'll have to watch what he eats very closely, he'll need to exercise regularly but there's no reason he can't live a perfectly normal life," she said in CBS News. "In dramatic weight gain and dramatic weight loss, the equilibrium of the body is just completely off. So that might predispose him to developing type 2 diabetes later."

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