Stars with Diabetes

Tom Hanks

Having been nominated for an Academy Award five times and won twice, Tom Hanks is one of the more prolific and well-respected actors of the modern big screen. In October 2013, Hanks revealed on the “Late Show with David Letterman” that he had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes earlier in the year. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease characterized by the body’s inability to effectively use insulin to manage the levels of sugar (glucose) in the bloodstream. Hanks admitted that he had been experiencing high blood sugar levels for several years before developing diabetes, as is often the case with type 2 diabetes.

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December 11, 2013

Last Updated:
July 1, 2014