Why Tom Hanks Felt Like ‘A Total Idiot’ After Being Diagnosed with Diabetes

Two-time Academy Award winner and Hollywood darling Tom Hanks can seemingly do no wrong—unless, that is, you ask the actor himself. In a surprisingly candid interview with Radio Times, Hanks described himself as “a total idiot” for making a major health mistake that ultimately caused the star to be diagnosed with diabetes. Read on to learn which poor health habit the actor now deeply regrets, and how he surprised fans by following doctor’s orders.

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“I’m part of the lazy American generation that has blindly kept dancing through the party and now finds ourselves with a malady,” the actor explained in an interview for the upcoming issue of Radio Times.

“I was heavy. You’ve seen me in movies, you know what I looked like,” he continued. “I was a total idiot.”

MORE: Tom Hanks reveals he has type 2 diabetes on ‘Late Show’


Back in 2013, Hanks first revealed his ailment, telling then-“Late Show” host David Letterman, “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,’”

It seems the 59-year-old‘s previous attempts to bring those elevated blood sugar numbers down by dieting just weren’t working.

“I thought I could avoid it by removing the buns from my cheeseburgers,” he told RadioTimes. “Well, it takes a little bit more than that.”

But it’s not too late to turn things around.

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