“Captain Phillips” star Tom Hanks announced on “Late Show with David Letterman” Monday that he has type 2 diabetes. “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 told a concerned-sounding audience.
The Oscar-winning actor has played several roles over the years where he has had to either gain or lose weight. Weight gain and a sedentary lifestyle contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes. The chronic condition occurs when the body cannot properly manage blood sugar levels. Uncontrolled diabetes can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, blindness, amputations due to necrosis, and dementia.
Hanks appeared on “Late Show” looking trimmer than he has in years. Some diabetics can manage their condition by following a healthy diet and exercise régime. However, most will have to rely on medication to regulate blood sugar levels. Many diabetes drugs come with alarming side effects including cancer risks.
For example, in 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that studies showed that people taking Actos were at greater risk for developing bladder cancer. Recent studies also show that people taking the drugs Januvia and Byetta were at risk of acute pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.
Attorneys with Beasley Allen Law Firm are currently investigating cases of cancer in patients who use or have used Actos, Januvia, Byetta or any other type 2 diabetes medication.
Source: LA Times