On last night’s Late Show with David Letterman, America’s best friend Tom Hanks revealed that he has been diagnosed with Type-2 Diabetes. The always affable Hanks softened the blow by laughing off his condition, joking that after years of battling high blood sugar, he had “graduated” to the more serious condition.
In a report from CBS, Dr. Holly Phillips suggested that Hanks’ work as an actor might have contributed to his development of the disease. Hanks has had an illustrious career that has required him to transform his body for certain films. He had to lose dramatic amounts of weight for roles in Philadelphia and Cast Away while gaining weight for films like A League of Their Own and Catch Me If You Can. These extreme and sudden fluctuations in weight may have led to his development of the disease at an older age. Type 2 diabetes is a very manageable disease, and provided Hanks takes care of himself, he can live a perfectly normal life.
Even amidst the news of his condition, it’s comforting to see Hanks and his trademark charisma lighting up the room. The actor goes on to inform Letterman that his doctor told him that he could effectively reverse the condition by slimming down to his high school weight, to which Hanks replied, with the perfect dose of snark: “Well, then, I’m gonna have Type-2 Diabetes, because there is no way I can weigh as much as I did in high school… I weighed 96 pounds in high school.” Only Hanks could tell us he has a disease and brighten our days in the same conversation.