All kidding aside, it's a bummer to hear from Tom Hanks that he has type-2 diabetes, which in most cases is pretty avoidable. What's strange is that he's always been in decent shape, and type-2 usually hits those who are not!
That's not the only strange thing, either — apparently he's been experiencing symptoms for TWENTY YEARS. Twenty years, and he has just recently been officially diagnosed!
The 57-year-old we all wish was a father figure in our lives (and star of the upcoming modern pirate movie Captain Phillips) admitted to having the common form of diabetes in an interview with David Letterman. He's not alone in Hollywood, either: Halle Berry, Patti Labelle, Drew Carey and Chaka Khan all have it too.
He also spoke about how his doctor broke the news to him:
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Well, we can’t say we’re surprised.
According to a federal government report, the number of American adults treated for diabetes increased from 9 to 19 million between 1996 and 2007.
Over 95% of the cases reported were type 2 diabetes, which is often related to obesity.
Said Dr. Christine Resta of the division of endocrinology at Maimonides Medical Center, New York City:
"Rates of diabetes have risen in all age groups. Twenty years ago, type 2 diabetes was unheard of in children and young adults, but now it is being diagnosed even in these younger age groups.”
"Part of this rise is increased detection — patients are being evaluated and tested sooner and more often. But part of it is a real increase in the rates."
As prescription costs continue to rise, the increase in diabetes becomes more and more problematic. The central issue here is the rise in obesity! Kids need to develop good habits at a young age, and parents need to facilitate that!!
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