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Is Tom Hanks Dying from Diabetes? Weight Loss and Gain for Roles Responsible for Illness? [RUMORS]

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Oct 31, 2013 04:35 PM EDT | Jonathan Lambert

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If you’ve seen the latest tabloids, you may be wondering if Tom Hanks is dying. While the article is utter rubbish, Tom did recently announce that he has type 2 diabetes. Now, numerous media outlets are claiming that the actor may be responsible for acquiring the disease, based on continually gaining and losing weight for roles. In this latest update, we’ll take a look at the rumors and see if there is any truth to them.

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Tom Hanks wasn’t aware of the media storm he was going to create, when the award-winning actor told David Letterman that he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. But in the wake of his announcement, numerous media outlets have began speculating as to the cause of the disease.

Many blame the disease on his commitment to acting. Tom is known to shed/gain major pounds, in order to play any particular role. His performance in Castaway, for example, saw the actor lose over 50 lbs.

Hanks, for one, isn’t buying it. Shortly after his announcement, he told the press:

"I'm sure there's going to be some media scandal now, saying I got it because I gained and lost weight for movie parts or something--but I doubt that."

Of course, Tom doesn’t seem that convinced, as he informed the media:

“Gaining and losing of weight may have had something to do with this because you eat so much bad food and you don’t get any exercise when you’re heavy.”

While Tom acknowledges that some blame could be placed on his career, he believes that it was his overall diet patterns that contributed to getting diabetes:

 “I think I was genetically inclined to get it and I think it actually and goes back to a lifestyle I’ve been leading ever since I was seven years old.”

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