Tom Hanks
got shockingly real on “Late Night with David Letterman” Monday night after the conversation strayed from his upcoming film, “Captain Phillips.”

During the interview, Tom, 57, told Dave that after two decades of dealing with high blood sugar, he has been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, according to “The Hollywood Reporter.”

“I went to the doctor and he said, ‘You know those high blood sugar numbers you’ve been dealing with since you were 36?” he said. “Well, you’ve graduated. You’ve got Type 2 diabetes, young man.”


The actor is well-known for gaining and losing weight for roles, including the 30 pounds he packed on for his role in “A League of Their Own” and his drastic weight loss for “Castaway,” which could have contributed to the eventual diagnosis.

“In dramatic weight gain or dramatic weight loss, the equilibrium of the body is just completely off, so that might predispose him to developing Type 2 diabetes later,” a doctor shared on “CBS This Morning.”

Still, by watching his weight and monitoring his health, the physician says the condition is manageable.

“Captain Phillips” hits theaters on Friday, October 11. Are you surprised by Tom’s health news?

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