Tom Hanks, 63, starred in the most iconic films of our time, including Forrest Gump, The Green Mile and Cast Away. As a boy, Tom was extremely shy and unpopular with students and teachers. He told Rolling Stone magazine, "I was horribly, painfully, terribly shy." Fortunately, he found acting that became a consolation for him, and his career was increasingly strong, garnering numerous accolades and becoming a celebrity. As his career progressed, his health began to deteriorate and he continually ignored medical advice to choose a healthier lifestyle. This denial led Tom to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
In an interview with Radio Times, Tom said: "I am part of the lazy American generation that has blindly continued dancing during the party and now finds itself with an illness.
"I was heavy. You saw me at the movies, you know how I was," he continued. "I was a total idiot."
Tom lost 35 pounds for his performance in the Philadelphia film, where he served as a lawyer fighting AIDS.
He then had to put on 50 pounds before producing Cast Away, only to lose 55 pounds on a tiring diet.
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These dramatic weight fluctuations greatly affected his health, and he admitted in an interview that his diagnosis of diabetes may have been partly caused by his weight or predisposition to being heavier.
Tom revealed his medical condition to David Letterman and said, "I went to the doctor and he said, 'Do you know the high blood sugar levels you've been dealing with since you were 36? Well, you graduated. You have type 2 diabetes, young. "
Obesity Action said on its website: “During a fast, or weight loss and gain, the body may depend on the glucose stored in the liver, known as glycogen, which is used for energy.
"During this fast, the body can use amino acids or fatty acids to help with its metabolic processes.
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"If an adequate amount of insulin is not available, as is the case with diabetes, this glucose is unable to enter cells.
"Instead, glucose stays in the bloodstream at a higher than normal concentration."
Tom told Radioe Times, "I thought I could avoid it by removing the bread from my cheeseburgers."
"Well, it takes a little more than that. My doctor says if I can reach a target weight, I won't have type 2 diabetes anymore."
"A healthy diet is all about variety and choice of different foods from each major food group every day.
"Foods high in fat, salt and sugar should not be part of the diet. These foods include cookies, chips, chocolates, cakes, ice cream, butter and sugary drinks.
"These sugary foods and drinks are high in calories and increase blood sugar levels."