CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook and CBS News contributor Dr. Holly Phillips joined “CBS This Morning: Saturday” to discuss the major medical stories of the week.
Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks surprised a lot of folks when he shared some information about his health with 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,'” said Hanks on the show.
The 57-year-old actor is known for taking on roles that require him to gain and lose weight. He packed on 30 pounds to play baseball coach Jimmy Dugan in 1992’s “A League of Their Own.”
Years later, he dropped from 225 pounds to 170 pounds for “Castaway,” a dramatic transformation to portray a man stranded on a deserted island.
Hanks’ diagnosis surprised many because of his slim stature as most people think obesity is the sole cause diabetes. However, other factors can impact getting the disease.
In fact, LaPook told the “CBS This Morning: Saturday” co-hosts that 15-20 percent of people who get this disease are of normal weight.
“It’s felt to be a combination of genetics, lifestyle, and then there’s aging,” said LaPook. “You don’t have to be obese, aging itself can make the pancreas less able to produce insulin and that can block the body’s ability to react to insulin.”