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Diabetes will affect future roles for Tom Hanks

By Tim Sandle     Oct 10, 2013 in Entertainment
Movie actor Tom Hanks has said he has ruled out roles which require drastic weight gain following his diagnosis with Type 2 diabetes.
Tom Hanks made the announcement about his diabetes shortly before attending the premier of his new movie, Captain Philips in Leicester Square in London. Sky News reported that Hanks revealed during a Monday night (October, 7) interview on the David Letterman show that he had been suffering from diabetes symptoms for 20 years but had only just been diagnosed.
According to the BBC, the two-time Oscar- winning actor has often taken on roles that have required him to manipulate his weight, such as Castaway and A League Of Their Own. Hanks now feels that those roles are beyond him: "I think that's more or less a young man's game. I'm 57 and I don't think I'm going to take on any job - or go on any vacation again - and see to it that I can gain 30 pounds."
People with Type 2 diabetes do not produce enough insulin or the insulin they produce does not work properly (known as insulin resistance). They might get diabetes because of their family history, age and ethnic background. They are also more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if they are overweight. Type 2 diabetes is treated with a healthy diet and increased physical activity.
Hanks was born Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks on July 9, 1956. Among his awards are: a Golden Globe for Best Actor and an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Philadelphia and a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a People's Choice Award for Best Actor for his role in Forrest Gump, and earning the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film from the BAFTAs in 2004. As of 2012, Hanks' films have grossed over $4.2 billion at the United States box office alone, and over $8.5 billion worldwide making him the highest all-time box office star.
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