After nearly 20 years of battling high blood sugar, Tom Hanks learned recently that he has Type 2 diabetes.
The star of Captain Phillips revealed his medical condition to David Letterman Monday evening immediately after taking his seat:
"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.' "
Hanks says a cure at this point is nearly impossible: "My doctor said, 'Look, if you can weigh as much as you weighed in high school... you will not have Type 2 diabetes." The actor says, "I was a very skinny boy," joking that he weighed just "96 pounds."