Tom Hanks reveals he’s suffering from diabetes

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

young Tom Hanks
Look at Tom Hanks as a young man. He still has a hint of a fro!

The famous actor, Tom Hanks, has played tons of inspiring roles over the years. If you’re a fan of Toy Story, his voice brought the character “Woody” to life, and he’s headlined mega blockbusters like Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Saving Private Ryan, Apollo 13, and Big. Well, this past Monday, Hanks was on a late night television program known as the Late Show with David Letterman, where he sadly revealed he’s been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

You know, I’ve heard quite a lot about that condition, but what is it? Well, diabetes is related to our body’s main source of energy, which is a sugar known as glucose. After we eat a meal, we usually digest the food and break it down into smaller pieces, including glucose. From there, a hormone known as insulin takes the sugar and stores it as fat or delivers it into cells to use immediately. However individuals who suffer from type 2 diabetes – like Hanks – have insulin that doesn’t work properly.

It’s a pretty serious condition, but Hanks has a positive attitude about the whole situation. “My doctor said, ‘Look, if you can weigh as much as you weighed in high school, you’ll essentially be completely healthy. You will not have Type 2 diabetes,'” Hanks said. “I said to her, ‘Well, I’m going to have Type 2 diabetes, because there’s no way I can weigh as much as I did in high school.'”

According to the star, he weighed as little as 96 pounds then! “Most of it was that big, wide afro,” said the actor, referring the big bushy hair he used to rock as a teen. As for the diabetes, he said it’s “controllable” before joking, “Something’s gonna kill us all, Dave.” Talk about laughing in the face of danger!

Featured image courtesy of Angela George on Wikimedia. Image of young Tom Hanks courtesy of Alan Light on Flickr.