He’s funny, charming and talented, but Tom Hanks is also “a total idiot” — according to the star himself.
That’s because, despite being clever in many ways, he ignored medical advice and chose to live a lifestyle that he now believes led to his type 2 diabetes diagnosis.
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- Tom Hanks: I got diabetes because I’m a ‘total idiot’
- Tom Hanks wrote letter inviting director to ‘discover’ him at age 18
- Summit Medical Group Web Site
- Tom Hanks: Living With Diabetes
- What is type 2 diabetes?
- Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include:
- Tom Hanks and Other Celebrities Who Have Hidden Health Issues You’d Never Expect
- 1. Tom Hanks has Type-2 diabetes
- 2. Toni Braxton and Selena Gomez have lupus
- 3. Magic Johnson has HIV
- 4. Angelina Jolie had Bell’s palsy
- 5. George Clooney has chronic pain
- 6. Mick Jagger had acute traumatic stress disorder
- 7. Catherine Zeta-Jones has bipolar disorder
- 8. Michael J. Fox has Parkinson’s disease
- 9. Pamela Anderson had hepatitis C
- 10. Jim Carrey battles depression
- 11. Venus Williams has Sjogren’s syndrome
- 12. Missy Elliott has Graves’ disease
- 13. Kim Kardashian has psoriasis
- 14. Miley Cyrus has a heart condition
- 15. Lena Dunham had endometriosis
- Tom Hanks saw diabetes coming
- More to diabetes than weight
- Tom Hanks health update: The disease he brought on himself
- Tom Hanks blames poor health on laziness
- Gaining and losing weight for films
- Tom Hanks and Type 2 diabetes: Here’s how you can stave off the disease
- Tom Hanks blames unhealthy diet for his diabetes diagnosis
Tom Hanks: I got diabetes because I’m a ‘total idiot’
May 18, 201600:44
“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.
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“I was heavy. You’ve seen me in movies, you know what I looked like,” he continued. “I was a total idiot.”
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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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“My doctor says if I can hit a target weight, I will not have type 2 diabetes anymore,” he adeed.
But in 2013, he explained to Letterman that his teen-like target weight was one he might not be able to hit.
“Well, I’m going to have type 2 diabetes then, because there is no way I can weigh in high school,” he said with a laugh.
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Losing weight to put diabetes in remission sounds simple enough, but Nathan notes that it’s easier said than done: Losing the weight is hard enough, but if people regain it, they’ll develop diabetes again. “Most people don’t succeed with their diets,” Nathan says.
But Kristine Arthur, M.D., an internist at California’s Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, tells SELF that this typically applies more to people who are very overweight or obese rather than those who are slightly overweight. “For people who are slightly overweight who are already active and have a decent diet, they may not necessarily reverse their diabetes by losing 20 or 30 pounds,” she says. “However, it can make a difference in their blood sugar numbers and whether they need medication or insulin.”
However, for the overwhelming majority of patients, weight loss can be a big deal. “Every time I have a diabetic patient come in, our first sit-down meeting is about diet, what to eat, and what their weight should be,” Arthur says. “I can’t overemphasize enough how important that is to getting diabetes at a controlled level, or even reversing it.”
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Tom Hanks: Living With Diabetes
Last updated: Nov 05, 2013
CCN Entertainment recently reported that accomplished actor, producer, writer, and director Tom Hanks is living with type 2 diabetes. Looking slim and fit, Mr. Hanks confirmed the diagnosis during his appearance on the David Letterman show this year.
According to other celebrity news, Mr. Hanks is not the only star living with diabetes. Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry, comedian Drew Carey, and talk show host Larry King are among high-profile celebrities who have revealed their diabetes diagnoses with the goal of raising awareness of the disease.
What is type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder in which blood sugar is not well-regulated and the body either produces too little insulin to function properly or cells in the body cannot use insulin properly.
Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include:
- Excessive thirst
- Excessive hunger
- Frequent urination
Obesity is a common cause of type 2 diabetes; however, genetics and ethnicity also can increase risk of the disease in some people. Whatever the cause, people with high blood sugar, prediabetes, and diabetes can help improve and protect their health by achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and eating a balanced healthy diet that is low in all types of sugars and carbohydrates.
When diet and exercise are not enough, medication can help patients manage type 2 diabetes.
During the Late Night talk show, Mr. Letterman revealed that he, too, has high blood sugar that he manages with diet.
Tom Hanks and Other Celebrities Who Have Hidden Health Issues You’d Never Expect
From million-dollar homes to exciting careers, celebrities seem to have it all. However, there’s more going on than meets the eye; some celebs are actually battling serious and life-threatening conditions. Here are the famous folks with surprising health issues, including a funny man with serious depression (page 10).
1. Tom Hanks has Type-2 diabetes
Tom Hanks is making changes to improve his health. | Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI
There are a lot of ways to protect yourself from Type-2 diabetes — and a clean diet and regular exercise are a good place to start. Unfortunately, Tom Hanks didn’t heed these warnings in his youth. Tom tells Today that his unhealthy lifestyle choices led to his diagnosis, which he’s had since at least 2013. He says small changes, like taking the buns off his hamburger, weren’t enough to avoid the disease altogether. But he seems more aware of what he needs to do for his body, so things are looking up.
Next: Selena Gomez has this condition, but so does another star.
2. Toni Braxton and Selena Gomez have lupus
The pop star’s fans have always been concerned for her health. | Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM
You’ve heard about Selena Gomez’s condition, but she’s not the only celeb with lupus. It turns out other famous folks, one of them being Toni Braxton, also live with this chronic health issue.
In the case of lupus, your immune system attacks healthy cells, which means organs can take some damage, too. As Toni tells HuffPost, “Pretty much when you have lupus you feel like you have the flu every day.” And unfortunately, there’s still no cure.
Next: Basketball stars aren’t immune to disease, either.
3. Magic Johnson has HIV
His openness with this issue sparked a conversation about HIV. | Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images
You probably remember when Magic Johnson announced he was HIV-positive back in 1991. At the time, Live Science notes most people thought the former basketball star wouldn’t live past a few years post-diagnosis. But thanks to antiviral medications, Magic is still going strong, proving HIV is no longer the death sentence it used to be.
Unfortunately, there are still over a million people in the U.S. alone who are living with HIV, and 1 in 7 of them have no idea. For this reason, it’s important to get tested.
Next: Angelina Jolie was hit hard with many health issues.
4. Angelina Jolie had Bell’s palsy
Angelina Jolie has had her share of health struggles. | Michael Buckner/Getty Images
Angelina Jolie’s health seems to have taken some hits since her split with Brad. Not only does she have high blood pressure, but USA Today reports she was also diagnosed with Bell’s palsy, a condition which affects the nerves in her face and causes facial drooping on one side. Angelina says acupuncture is responsible for her recovery, but she didn’t state what caused the nerve damage in the first place.
Next: This handsome star deals with some serious pain.
5. George Clooney has chronic pain
This A-list actor can relate to your back pain. | Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images
Do you often wake up with severe back pain? If so, you and George Clooney have something in common. Prevention explains back in 2005 when Clooney was filming Syriana, he hit his head and tore the outermost membrane that holds spinal fluid. He’s since gone through surgeries to help with the pain, but he says the injury has never completely healed. It has even caused him to drop out of other movie projects that would have required him to do some stunts.
Next: This singer had a condition similar to PTSD.
6. Mick Jagger had acute traumatic stress disorder
Mick Jagger lives with a common mental disorder. | STR/AFP/Getty Images
This singer’s been performing longer than most, but even The Rolling Stones had to take some time off for Mick to recover after his partner of 13 years committed suicide. The Daily Mail reports Mick developed acute traumatic stress disorder after the death took place, and he was also warned he shouldn’t perform for a few months.
If you’re unfamiliar, Healthline explains ASD is an anxiety disorder that typically lasts between three days to a month following a traumatic event, and it has symptoms similar to PTSD.
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7. Catherine Zeta-Jones has bipolar disorder
Catherine Zeta-Jones’s openness with Bipolar Disorder could help other people. | Getty Images
Many celebs deal with mental illness, and Catherine Zeta-Jones is one of them. People.com explains Catherine has bipolar II, which is characterized by cyclical periods of highs (mania) and lows (depression). And stressful life events as well as a changing sleep schedule can trigger the depressive or manic periods.
Catherine has been open before about her struggles with the disorder, and she’s even checked herself into facilities for help before. And she’s not the only one — Carrie Fisher was diagnosed with bipolar disorder as well.
Next: This actor’s still going strong years after his diagnosis.
8. Michael J. Fox has Parkinson’s disease
The public didn’t always know about Michael J. Fox’s serious health issue. | Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images
This isn’t a new diagnosis for Michael J. Fox, but even so, he continues to live and work with this debilitating neurological disorder. Today says Michael learned he had Parkinson’s back in 1991, and he managed to hide the neurological condition from the public for seven years. Doctors told him he’d only have roughly 10 years before he’d be completely disabled, yet he still remains mobile and optimistic about his future.
Michael also has his own foundation dedicated to Parkinson’s research, where you can donate and learn about the disease.
Next: Most people who develop this disease are never cured, but this celeb was.
9. Pamela Anderson had hepatitis C
Pamela Anderson had to live with Hepatitis C for many years. | John Phillips/Getty Images
After living with this deadly virus for 16 years, Pamela Anderson announced a few years ago that she had been totally cured from the virus thanks to a life-saving medication, Health.com reports. She reportedly got the disease from sharing tattoo needles with her ex-husband, Tommy Lee.
Because hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that attacks the liver, doctors told her at the time she may have 10 years to live. But thanks to her life-saving meds, she’s able to live a happy and healthy life once again. Remember, hep C is often symptomless, so getting tested is vital if you think you’re at risk.
Next: Even Hollywood’s funniest deal with this mental health disorder.
10. Jim Carrey battles depression
Behind the smiles and comedy, is a human who needs help and support like any other. | Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images
It’s no secret some of the world’s funniest folks use their humor to help them (and others) get through life’s difficulties, and Jim Carrey is no different. When Jim’s mom became sick in his younger years, he used his jokes to make her feel better. But after having to drop out of high school to help his financially unstable family, depression really set in.
After some time with Prozac, he decided to get off the med because he didn’t want to depend on it long-term.
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11. Venus Williams has Sjogren’s syndrome
You might not have heard of this serious condition. | Getty Images
This famous tennis player doesn’t let this chronic condition get in her way, but she has spoken out about its effects before. The Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation explains this autoimmune disease affects the entire body and often causes excessive dryness and dysfunction of certain organs. It also affects women in 9 out of 10 cases. As far as Venus is concerned, she says she’s had to make some adjustments since her diagnosis, but she continues to fight for awareness of the cause.
Next: This rapper deals with an autoimmune disease.
12. Missy Elliott has Graves’ disease
Missy Elliott’s diagnosis came after a very traumatic event. | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for H&M
This iconic rap star has a disease you might have never even heard of. CBS News explains Graves’ is an autoimmune thyroid disease that can cause anxiety, tremors, menstrual irregularities, and weight loss. Missy was diagnosed back in 2008 after she almost crashed her car due to tremors. Though doctors aren’t sure what causes the condition to develop, it’s way more common in women and can be treated with medications, therapy, or radiation.
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13. Kim Kardashian has psoriasis
Kim Kardashian has been open with her struggles with psoriasis. | Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images
Yes, even the most beautiful of Hollywood’s elite are plagued with skin problems. The Daily Mail says Kim was diagnosed with psoriasis back in 2010, and she likely inherited it from her mother, Kris Jenner. Right now, there’s no cure for this disorder that produces itchy red patches on the skin, but she’s reportedly able to manage it through her diet and cortisone shots. When she’s feeling the need to cover it, she also applies concealer.
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14. Miley Cyrus has a heart condition
The young singer and actress has to carefully monitor any heart changes. | Jemal Countess/Getty Images
Miley’s known for her partying ways and iconic tongue-out poses in front of the camera, but there’s more to her than meets the eye. Us Weekly reports she has tachycardia, which causes her heart rate to be abnormally high. There’s good news for Miley, though — her condition isn’t dangerous, and she should be just fine. Still, she says it does scare her, as she says, “There is never a time onstage when I’m not thinking about my heart.”
Next: This star underwent five surgeries for her condition.
15. Lena Dunham had endometriosis
Lena Dunham had a long road toward recovery. | Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images
After five surgeries, Lena Dunham finally announced she is free of endometriosis — but it was certainly a long road to recovery. Endometriosis happens when tissue from your uterus continues to grow to other areas of your body, and this can result in intense pain and heavy periods. People.com explains she tried plenty of non-surgical options to treat it, but going under the knife ended up being the one thing that worked.
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A good portion of celebrity gossip reported nowadays turns out not to be true, and we sure hope that’s the case with the latest information to hit the web regarding Tom Hanks’ health.
According to an InTouch magazine inside source, Hanks has been battling Type 2 diabetes over the past several years — along with a host of other issues.
“Tom isn’t just battling diabetes — he’s suffering from prostate flare-ups and other blood sugar problems,” the source said.
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According to InTouch, Hanks is managing most of his medical problems with prescription medications, but the side effects are keeping him in discomfort, and he also requires periodic steroid shots to bring down inflammation in his feet.
“Right now, he’s in a ton of pain and it’s not allowing him to walk and function the way he wants,” the source said, adding that Hanks is often confined to his home and away from the public.
The InTouch source may claim that Hanks is slowing down, but his Instagram account tells a different story. Hanks still seems to have his usual sense of humor, and though his face isn’t always present on social media, he still takes time to post pictures with witty quips while he is out and about.
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Came to a lost fork in the sea, so I took it. Hanx
Another thing that’s been plaguing Hanks besides his health? Legal problems involving his son, Chet Hanks. Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, are being sued for damages by a man who was rear-ended by Chet while he was allegedly under the influence and driving Hanks and Wilson’s car.
“Despite knowing that Chester Hanks was a careless and reckless driver and a habitual user of drugs and alcohol, they negligently permitted Chester Hanks to operate their vehicle,” the plaintiff alleged in court documents.
While there isn’t a quick fix for the Hanks’ legal issues, for now, doctors are supposedly advising him to make some changes in his diet.
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“Tom was ordered by his doctor to stop all red meat, alcohol, caffeine and sugar,” says the source, adding that Hanks is abstaining from alcohol, but red meat, caffeine and chocolate still remain part of his life.
Whether Mr. Hanks is indeed ill or not, the man is a national treasure, and we beg him to take care of himself.
Name: Thomas Jeffrey Hanks Date of birth: July 9, 1956 Hometown: Concord, USA Diabetes Type: Type 2
Tom Hanks is one of the most famous actors in history, having stamped his name on the Hollywood role of honour having won no less than two Oscars and four Golden Globes.
In 2013, Tom revealed, on the American talk show the ‘Late Show’, presented by David Letterma, that he had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes
Tom Hanks saw diabetes coming
Forrest Gump was one of Tom’s most enduring roles, for which he won the 1994 Oscar for best actor. Within the film Forrest delivers the iconic line: “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates You never know what you’re gonna get.”
In Tom’s case, he’d clearly been reading the card that went with the chocolates as Tom was aware, long before he was diagnosed, that he was likely to develop the condition, having had blood glucose levels at the upper end of normal for over 20 years.
When Tom was diagnosed, in 2013, his doctor told him: “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.”
More to diabetes than weight
Tom’s diabetes underlines the fact that there’s more to type 2 diabetes than obesity alone.
A number of the roles that Tom fulfilled involved gaining some weight, notably a near two stone (13kg) weight gain for ‘A League of Their Own’, but his gains in weight were not long term, with other roles such as Castaway seeing Tom lose three and a half stone (25kg).
Tom states that, despite not being consistently heavy, gaining and losing large amounts of weight for film roles is likely to have been a factor. The actor has cited examples such as the fact that when he needed to gain weight, he was living on junk food and taking very little exercise
However, the Oscar winner feels that diabetes had always been written into his destiny: “I think I was genetically inclined to get it and I think it goes back to a lifestyle I’ve been leading since I was probably seve, as opposed to 36.”
Since being diagnosed , Tom has reduced his body weight and has vowed not to take roles that would involve large fluctuations in his weight.
May 17, 2016 – 09:24 BST hellomagazine.com Tom Hanks has spoken candidly about his battle with Type 2 diabetes.
Tom Hanks has spoken candidly about his battle with Type 2 diabetes. The 59-year-old actor revealed that he blames himself for not having followed a healthier diet when he was younger, explaining that it has led to his health struggles today.
Tom Hanks has blamed his previous unhealthy diet for his diabetes
“I’m part of the lazy American generation that has blindly kept dancing through the party and now finds ourselves with a malady,” the Saving Private Ryan star told the Radio Times. “I was heavy. You’ve seen me in movies, you know what I looked like. I was a total idiot.”
He added: “I thought I could avoid it by removing the buns from my cheeseburgers. Well, it takes a little bit more than that.”
The Cast Away actor went on to explain that he is still hoping to overcome his diabetes by following a healthy diet and losing weight. “My doctor says if I can hit a target weight, I will not have Type 2 diabetes anymore,” he revealed.
The actor struggles with Type 2 diabetes
Tom first revealed that he was diagnosed with diabetes in 2013, during an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, admitting that he had been struggling with high blood sugar for years.
“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,'” he told David, before adding that “it’s controllable”.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin to function properly and, unlike Type 1 which is a lifelong condition, can develop later in life.
Tom’s wife Rita Wilson overcame cancer last year
It’s no doubt been an emotional few years for the actor, whose wife Rita Wilson was diagnosed with cancer – and after undergoing a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, revealed she was cancer-free in April last year.
“Rita and I are lucky because we can afford the best healthcare in the world, we knew that blessing right off, but while it was happening, all I could do was bow down before the courage of my wife,” the Oscar-winner told the Daily Mail a few months after the happy news.
Tom Hanks health update: The disease he brought on himself
Tom Hanks has been very upfront about the serious health issues he has been battling and that he is sick because of the terrible things he did to himself. The “Forest Gump” star opened up about his battle with Type 2 Diabetes. He reveals there is no one to blame for his illness but himself, and he has accepted that blame.
Tom Hanks blames poor health on laziness
Hanks claims his reckless living, carefree, and poor diet is why he is in the shape he is in now. He describes his younger self as an “idiot,” revealing that he never paid attention to his love for junk food.
“I’m part of the lazy American generation that has blindly kept dancing through the party and now finds ourselves with a malady,” he told Radio Times.
Gaining and losing weight for films
Tom describes the difference between Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. Type 1, people are born with, but Type 2 usually comes on later in life for most diagnosed and is mostly due to terrible lifestyle habits. He also admits that the things he has done throughout his film career also played a part. Like a lot of actors and actresses, he gained and lost several pounds for certain film roles.
Tom Hanks is not the only Hollywood celebrity that has put their bodies through this dangerous procedure for their craft. Actor Josh Brolin, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey and Christian Bale have all gained and lost excess weight over the years for films.
Tom claims he has attempted a healthier lifestyle but has found it a tough commitment to stick with. There is a ray of hope according to his doctors, who have told Tom his Type 2 diabetes diagnosis can be reversed.
He just has to stick to a healthy diet, lose some weight, and stick with it. He was first diagnosed in 2013, and soon appeared on David Letterman, openly discussing his health issues.
Now 61, it is more than time that Tom Hanks starts taking his health seriously, were sure he would reach his goal if his wife Rita Wilson and his four children have any say in the matter.
Tom Hanks began his long and successful film career in the 80’s.
He is best known for his roles in “Splash,” “Big,” “A League of Their Own,” “Forest Gump,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Cast Away,” and as the voice of that lovable Sheriff Woody in the “Toy Story” films to name a select few. Over the past decades, Hanks has become one of the most popular, beloved and respected actors of all times.
His ability to capture the hearts of his fans continues to escalate, and we hope to see him continue making films for many, many more years to come. Good luck Tom, we are pulling for you! #TomHanks
Tom Hanks and Type 2 diabetes: Here’s how you can stave off the disease
Celebrities have candidly shared their cautionary stories about battling breast cancer, disclosing their HIV-positive status, and even their struggles with mental health.
Now, Tom Hanks is opening up about his Type 2 diabetes diagnosis, calling himself a “total idiot” for not looking after his health to stall the onset of the chronic disease, despite many red flags.
“I’m part of the lazy American generation that has blindly kept dancing through the party and now finds ourselves with a malady,” Hanks told the Radio Times.
“I was heavy. You’ve seen me in movies, you know what I looked like. I was a total idiot,” Hanks, 59, said when talking about managing his health and lifestyle.
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It was in 2013 that Hanks first publicly talked about developing Type 2 diabetes, according to U.S. reports.
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“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,’” he told then-Late Show host David Letterman.
Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong disease in which your pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, or your body doesn’t properly use the insulin it makes, according to the Canadian Diabetes Association. As a result, sugar builds up in your blood instead of being used for energy.
Dr. Ron Goldenberg, an endocrinologist specializing in diabetes care at North York General Hospital, says some factors, such as genetics, family history and a predisposition, are out of our hands, but there are ways to delay and even prevent the worsening of the disease.
“While Tom Hanks is correct in saying he could have kept this off, you may still get it if you’re predisposed. Some people get it despite their best efforts,” Goldenberg told Global News.
“But you can delay the onset, sometimes you may even prevent it and once you get it you can improve . There have been cases where people have reversed their Type 2 diabetes,” he explained.
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The progression varies from person to person: some people could be prediabetic then develop diabetes within a rapid timeframe of about two to three years while others could have the disease slowly progress for years or even decades.
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The guide to stalling or preventing diabetes is nearly identical to its treatment. Here are four ways you can try to keep Type 2 diabetes at bay:
Watch your weight: Goldenberg says Type 2 diabetes is “definitely” linked to obesity. About 80 to 90 per cent of people with the condition are obese, he says.
“As the obesity epidemic increases, so does the epidemic of Type 2 diabetes. Once you’re diagnosed, one of the important aspects is weight loss,” he said.
A modest weight loss of about five to 10 pounds can “dramatically improve” blood sugar levels, cholesterol, and blood pressure – all risk factors tied to diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.
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Being obese makes you 20 to 40 times more likely to develop diabetes compared to someone with a healthy weight. Losing up to 10 per cent of your current weight could cut chances of developing diabetes in half, though.
Keep up with diet and exercise: Aim for about 30 minutes of physical activity daily, Goldenberg suggests. And when it comes to eating, try to shave off about 500 calories per day. That tactic alone could help you lose about a pound a week.
The Harvard School of Public Health points to a diet rich in whole grains and fibre.
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“Whole grains don’t contain a magical nutrient that fights diabetes and improves health. It’s the entire package,” the researchers explain.
The bran and fibre in whole grains make it difficult for our body’s enzymes to break down the starches into glucose. This leads to a lower, slower increase in blood sugar and insulin.
READ MORE: 5 ways to keep your brain young and healthy
On the other end of the spectrum, try to avoid simple sugars and refined carbohydrates. Those will get converted into glucose quickly.
Trans fats should also be traded in for mono- and polyunsaturated fats. Load up on nuts, poultry, and fish, too.
Losing five per cent of body weight, following a healthy diet and exercising for at least 30 minutes a day can make you 60 per cent less likely to go on to develop diabetes.
Manage your stress levels: Stress isn’t a direct cause of diabetes but it can “magnify” the situation, especially if you’re predisposed to the disease, Goldenberg says.
That’s because your stress hormones, such as cortisol, can tamper with blood glucose levels. It’s not an underlying factor but reducing stress won’t work against you.
Make sure you’re sleeping enough, too. Insufficient sleep could put your long-term health at risk.
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Pay attention to the warning signs: There are a handful of signs and symptoms that could signal the precursor to diabetes.
Goldenberg said a primary concern is excess weight around the waist. Another concern is your fasting glucose levels, which your doctor can test for.
The CDA says unusual thirst, frequent urination, weight gain, extreme fatigue or lack of energy and blurred vision are also red flags you should ask your doctor about.
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Tom Hanks blames unhealthy diet for his diabetes diagnosis
Tom Hanks has admitted he was a “total idiot” for eating an unhealthy diet when he was younger, which he blames for his diabetes diagnosis.
The Oscar-winning actor, 59, revealed in 2013 that he had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
He told the Radio Times: “I’m part of the lazy American generation that has blindly kept dancing through the party and now finds ourselves with a malady.
“I was heavy. You’ve seen me in movies, you know what I looked like. I was a total idiot.
“I thought I could avoid it by removing the buns from my cheeseburgers. Well, it takes a little bit more than that.”
However, Tom – who is married to actress Rita Wilson – is hopeful that he can beat the disease.
“My doctor says if I can hit a target weight, I will not have Type 2 diabetes any more,” he said.
The actor became a father at 21 and said that starting a family at such an early age meant that he never became a “s**tfaced artist”.
Tom, now a father-of-four, said: “I’m lucky. I was in charge of offspring at a very early age, so I didn’t have the luxury of being able to get stoned a lot. And I never drank too much. I was never what I call a s**tfaced artist.”
The actor said he doesn’t regret that because he didn’t think it was more fun to be intoxicated or stoned.
“I thought it was more fun just to be seeing what was going on. I did my share, but it didn’t become a habit,” he said.
This week’s Radio Times is on sale from Tuesday, May 17.