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Living Well

Tom Hanks: Living With Diabetes

Last updated: Nov 05, 2013


CCN Entertainment recently reported that accomplished actor, producer, writer, and director Tom Hanks is living with type 2 diabetes. Looking slim and fit, Mr. Hanks confirmed the diagnosis during his appearance on the David Letterman show this year.

According to other celebrity news, Mr. Hanks is not the only star living with diabetes. Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry, comedian Drew Carey, and talk show host Larry King are among high-profile celebrities who have revealed their diabetes diagnoses with the goal of raising awareness of the disease.

What is type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder in which blood sugar is not well-regulated and the body either produces too little insulin to function properly or cells in the body cannot use insulin properly. 

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive hunger
  • Frequent urination

Obesity is a common cause of type 2 diabetes; however, genetics and ethnicity also can increase risk of the disease in some people. Whatever the cause, people with high blood sugar, prediabetes, and diabetes can help improve and protect their health by achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and eating a balanced healthy diet that is low in all types of sugars and carbohydrates.

When diet and exercise are not enough, medication can help patients manage type 2 diabetes.

During the Late Night talk show, Mr. Letterman revealed that he, too, has high blood sugar that he manages with diet.

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