Tom Hanks announced on David Letterman last night that he has type 2 diabetes. And immediately the diabetic community’s up in arms about what he said. He and Dave had a brief discussion about weight management and diet, and Tom mentioned that his Dr said “If you can weigh what you did on high school, you will essentially be completely healthy”. This statement isn’t entirely false. Each case is different, but type 2 sometimes CAN be regulated with medicine, with diet and exercise, or a combination of both. And in some people, by just maintaining a healthy weight, they can reduce their need for medicine. This requires a tremendous amount of work and dedication, and isn’t true with all cases.

The real problem is that Tom added a few more words. “you will be essentially healthy, and will NOT have type 2 diabetes”. There is the problem. Because all though type 2 may be able to be managed and regulated and almost seem to be reversed or in remission, it is always there. Add a few pounds (maybe for his next movie role) and you are right back in the thick of it. Stop being diligent, stop working hard at it, and yes, it’s there.

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There was a joke about “something’s gonna kill us all Dave”. I am okay with that statement, as well as the “It’s controllable” statement he made.

Here is the interview:

Now understand that Tom Hanks has a major movie that is being released, and that was what was really being covered. The Type 2 announcement may have been a gift for David so he could break the story, we don’t know. So understand that this interview wasn’t to discuss diabetes, the different types, the warning signs, etc. After the initial “hey, guess what happened to me!” moment, they moved on.

What do you think? Let me know what your thoughts are. We need a cure

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