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Tom Hanks reveals reason that led to his type 2 diabetes diagnosis

18 May 2016 Entertainment News

Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Tom Hanks revealed in a new interview that the reason why he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2013 was due to what he did during his younger years.

The actor was interviewed with the Radio Times and he said that his lifestyle in the past led to the diagnosis. He said that he should have taken better care of himself in the past. The 59-year-old Oscar-winning actor shared, "I'm part of the lazy American generation that has blindly kept dancing through the party and now finds ourselves with a malady. I was heavy. You've seen me in movies. You know what I looked like. I was a total idiot."

The “Bridge of Spies” actor also shared that he tried to make his health better by making alterations to the things that he eats. However, he said that he realized it was not enough.

The actor revealed his diabetes diagnosis on “The Late Show With David Letterman” and he said that his doctor advised him to weigh as much as he did in high school and he will be healthy if he does that. He added, "And then I said to her, '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.'"

Aside from diabetes, he also talked about being a young father. He said that it helped him avoid getting sucked into the Hollywood party scene. He said that he is very lucky of being in charge of an offspring at a very early age so he did not have the luxury to get stoned a lot.

Hanks also said in an interview at the BFI London Film Festival that he will no longer be taking roles that would ask him to gain or lose weight. He shared, “I've talked to a number of actors who have gained weight for roles, and just the sheer physical toll it puts on one's knees and shoulders—no one wants to do it again. I'm 57 and I don't think I'm going to take on any job or go on vacation again and see to it that I can gain 30 pounds.”