Tom Hanks Opens up About His Struggle With Diabetes

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Tom Hanks has been open about discussing his struggle with type 2 diabetes and in a new interview with the Radio Times, admitted that he blames himself. 

In 2013, the actor revealed that he had been diagnosed. Now the 59-year-old star is reflecting on the lifestyle choices that led to the condition. 

"I'm part of the lazy American generation that has blindly kept dancing through the party and now finds ourselves with a malady," he said. "I was heavy. You've seen me in movies. You know what I looked like. I was a total idiot."

The Hollywood icon admitted that when he was younger he didn't understand well enough how to maintain a balanced diet and prevent weight gain. 

"I thought I could avoid it by removing the buns from my cheeseburgers," he explained. "Well, it takes a little bit more than that."

When Hanks first shared that he had been diagnosed on The Late Show with David Letterman he said that he could overcome the diagnosis, but was not sure he would, according to E! News

"My doctor said, 'Look, if you can weigh as much as you weighed in high school, you will essentially be completely healthy. You will not have Type 2 diabetes,' the actor shared. "And then I said to her, 'Well, then, I'm gonna have Type 2 diabetes, because there is no way I can weigh as much as I did in high school.'"

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