Yesterday Tom Hanks told Letterman that he’s been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, something he shares with one in ten Americans.
His doctor had told him that he could cure the disease by bringing his weight down to what he weighed when he was in high school. However, Hanks didn’t think this was a viable option, as he was only 95 lbs then.
The whole thing is sad. Most new-onset diabetics are able to normalize their blood sugar completely in a few days, even while their weight remains virtually unchanged.
Obesity is just a symptom of type 2 diabetes. It’s not the cause. If you treat the real cause, you’ll hardly need to lose weight all the way down to 95 lbs.