Tom Hanks Blames Bad Diet For His Type 2 Diabetes, But What Really Causes The Disease?
Tom Hanks has suggested he was to blame for his Type 2 diabetes because he was an "idiot" about his diet when he was younger.
In an interview with the Radio Times, the actor said: “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."
So, is Hanks being too hard on himself or is a healthy diet the key to avoiding diabetes?
There are two types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2. Hanks was diagnosed with the latter in 2013.
While Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented, more than half (58%) of cases of Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented by making simple changes in our everyday lives.
According to Diabetes UK, Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn't produce enough insulin to function properly, or the body’s cells don't react to insulin.
Symptoms include feeling the need to go to the toilet a lot, being really thirsty, feeling more tired than usual, unexplained weight loss and genital itching or thrush.
Causes of the disease are related to both genetics, which we can't control, and lifestyle choices, which we can.
According to the NHS, a person is considered at a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes if they are a overweight or obese, are over the age of 40 (over 25 for south Asian people), have a close relative with the condition or if they are of South Asian, Chi Continue reading