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Future Former Fatty Blog 84: Tom Hanks Announces He Has Type 2 Diabetes

Remember How Skinny Tom Hanks Was? Weight Gain Can Creep Up On Us All!

Everyone has heard the announcement that one of the most beloved actors of our time, Tom Hanks, has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. He made this announcement on the David Letterman Show this past week. Mr. Letterman also disclosed at that time that he, too, has difficulty with maintaining his blood sugars.

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While we know that being overweight is a fast track to becoming a type 2 diabetic, Letterman’s discussion of his problem goes to show you that type 2 diabetes attacks those with healthy weight as well as the overweight. Many people have a misconceived belief that type 2 diabetes is only brought on by poor diet and lack of exercise and concurrent weight gain. But this is not necessarily the case.

Genetics play a distinctive role in development of type 2 diabetes. I have many friends that have never had an ounce to lose who developed type 2 diabetes because they came from a long line of type 2 diabetics.

Exercise and diet go a long way in controlling this disease as you know from being a member of Aaron’s website. There is a vast amount of information on his site to guide you to better health and keeping your type 2 diabetes under control – eventually even without medication.

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes two months after my fortieth birthday. After having the gastric by-pass surgery, I am no longer a diabetic even though I have gained a great deal weight back. I will say, though, because I have gained weight, and because type 2 diabetes runs in my family on my father’s side, when I go to the doctor’s and have to have blood tests done to check for type 2 diabetes, I sweat a bit waiting to get the results. I don’t want it back.

Use the tools on Aaron’s site to help you regain your health and control your type 2 diabetes. Aaron is a perfect example of how proper diet and exercise can keep many of us away from drugs to treat type 2 diabetes and keep us away from a life that is insulin dependent.

Mr. Tom Hanks, I want you to know that although your intention when you made your announcement about being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes was not to attract so much attention to your health status, I am glad you did disclose your disease to America. It may open the eyes of many in denial that if Tom Hanks, America’s most beloved actor since Jimmy Stewart, can contract type 2 diabetes, then it could happen to any of us.

As a footnote, some have speculated that it may have been brought on by losing and gaining weight for movie parts. Perhaps. Tom Hanks stated his type 2 diabetes is genetic. And it may be. But the yo-yo weight gain and loss certainly did not help. Nevertheless, it really doesn’t matter other than to say we wish you well and good health always.

Until we meet again, this is Linda Misleh Wagner, Future Former Fatty.

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