Tom Hanks: Friendly Face for Type 2 Diabetes

Categories: Celebrities

Tom Hanks recently divulged his diagnosis on The Late Show with David Letterman. He was supposed to be there to talk about the release of his new movie, “Captain Phillips” but instead told viewers his doctor had “graduated” him to Type 2 diabetes(from pre-diabetes) at age 57. There is speculation this diagnosis comes because of past movie roles he’s taken where his weight had greatly fluctuated. But regardless of the reason, Hanks will now have to make the same choices about food and exercise that all other Type 2 diabetics need to make in order to have a healthy future.

Hanks’ blood sugar levels had fluctuated for years (since he was 36) and it was just a matter of time without proper nutritional measures before he officially had Type 2 diabetes. It’s not known why he decided to tell the public about his diabetes at this time, but having a friendly face such as Hanks associated with the disease can definitely do no harm. It is possible that getting a face like Hanks’ out there will reduce the stigma surrounding Type 2 diabetes and will just perhaps increase awareness – which is a good thing indeed. We could all use a little bit of a push (or have our covers pulled!) when it comes to being healthy. And, for a celebrity such as Tom Hanks to basically say, “Hey, I have Type 2 diabetes just like millions of other Americans,” is a big step forward in acceptance for many so we can begin to make changes.

So, a big thanks to Mr. Hanks for letting us know he’s in the same boat (Captain Phillips reference) and be sure to check out our glucose test strips so you can stay on the right side of your own diagnosis.

By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 10-9-2013, 10:00 AM

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