Two-time Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks has revealed he has type 2 diabetes.
"I went to the doctor," Hanks said Monday on "The Late Show with David Letterman," "and he said, 'You know those high blood-sugar numbers you've been dealing with since you were 36? Well, you've graduated!' " Hanks said in a lighthearted voice. " 'You've got type 2 diabetes, young man!' "
He assured host Letterman, "It's controllable," and added philosophically, with a laugh, "Somethin's gonna kill us all, Dave!"
Hanks, 57, said he's reconciled to living with the disease, formally known as diabetes mellitus type 2 and that, unlike type 1, generally does not require insulin injections, but is treated through diet, exercise and medication.
Speaking of a different physician, Hanks told Letterman, "My doctor said, 'Look, if you can weigh as much as you weighed in high school you will essentially be completely healthy and will not have type 2 diabetes.' And then I said to her, 'Well, I'm gonna have type 2 diabetes!' " he said brightly, prompting audience laughter. "Because there is no way I can weigh as much as I did in high school."
When Letterman asked how much that was, Hanks answered, presumably joking, "I weighed 96 pounds in high school . . . And y'know," he continued, "most of that was that big white Afro that I wore back in the '70s."
CBS News medical contributor Dr. Holly Phillips said on "CBS This Morning" that a contributing factor to Hanks' diabetes might have been his extreme weight gain and loss for film roles. The program noted he put on 30 pounds to play baseball coach Jimmy Dugan in "A League of Their Own" (1992) and went from 225 to 170 pounds for "Cast Away" (2000).