- Actor Tom Hanks has announced that he has type 2 diabetes
- He said that he was a ‘total idiot’ for eating junk food when he was younger
- The actor believes he can cure himself of the condition by losing weight
- Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable by maintaining a healthy weight
Actor Tom Hanks, in an interview (on the “Late Show in 2013), has announced that he has type 2 diabetes. The Oscar-winning actor admitted that he was a ‘total idiot’ for eating junk food when he was younger, which he sees as a reason for his diabetes diagnosis.
“I’m part of the lazy American generation that has blindly kept dancing through the party and now finds ourselves with a malady,” Hanks said.
‘I was heavy. You’ve seen me in movies, you know what I looked like. I was a total idiot.”
“I thought I could avoid it by removing the buns from my cheeseburgers.”
“Well, it takes a little bit more than that.”
However, the actor believes he can cure himself of the condition by losing weight.
Junk foods are easily available. You see them everywhere including at movie theaters, gas stations, and bookstores. Also, food companies spend an impressive amount to promote these types of food through attention-grabbing advertisements. And then we hear all good things about junk food.
But the fact is that junk foods including processed and prepared snack foods are low in nutritional value and high in calories.
Consuming excess fats and sugars found in these food items can contribute to weight gain. This excess weight is linked to diabetes.
According to health professionals, being overweight is one of the major risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes. Pancreas produces the hormone insulin, which is responsible for regulating the amount of glucose in the blood. If you have type 2 diabetes – the most common type of diabetes – your body either resists the positive effects of insulin or doesn’t produce enough insulin to retain a healthy glucose level. Serious complications from high blood sugar include:
3. Diabetic Retinopathy, which may lead to blindness and kidney failure
Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable (about 9 in 10 cases) by maintaining a healthy weight, eating properly and exercising regularly.