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Tom Hanks reveals medical condition
Tom Hanks has revealed that he has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes after suffering the symptoms for 20 years.
The Hollywood star, 57, told David Letterman's show in the US that he had only recently been diagnosed.
The Philadelphia and Forrest Gump actor revealed his diagnosis after the TV host commented on how "trim" his guest was looking.
Oscar-winning star Tom said: "I went to the doctor and he said 'You know those high blood sugar numbers you've been dealing with since you were 36? Well, you've graduated. You've got Type 2 diabetes, young man.'"
He said: "It's controllable, through diet mostly. Something's going to kill us all, Dave.
"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.
"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'."
Tom has taken on roles in films such as A League of Their Own and Castaway that have required him to lose and pile on the pounds in the past, and doctors said these fluctuations could have contributed to the condition.
Dr Holly Phillips, medical contributor for America's CBS TV network, said: "In dramatic weight gain and dramatic weight loss, the equilibrium of the body is just completely off. So that might predispose him to developing Type 2 diabetes later," the Daily Telegraph reported.
"He'll have to watch what he eats very closely, he'll need to exercise regularly, but there's no reason he can't live a perfectly normal life."