Actor Reveals Struggles with Weight and Type 2 Diabetes

Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks revealed on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” that he has Type 2 diabetes. The 57-year-old Hanks told Letterman that he has contended with high blood sugar since the age of 36, but now has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
 
“My doctor said, ‘Look, if you can weigh as much as you weighed in high school, you will essentially be completely healthy and not have Type 2 diabetes,'” Hanks said on the show. “And I said to her, ‘Well, I’m gonna have Type 2 diabetes.'”  Dr. Holly Phillips, a medical contributor to CBS News, explained that fluctuations in weight may have contributed to Hank’s development of Type 2 diabetes. “He’ll have to watch what he eats very closely, he’ll need to exercise regularly but there’s no reason he can’t live a perfectly normal life,” Phillips told CBS News.
 
If you are currently suffering from diabetes and need help with diabetic foot care, it is recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Kevin Sunshein of Sunshein Podiatry Associates. Dr. Sunshein can help you manage your diabetic feet to ensure that they remain healthy, while also providing you with any treatment options if any problems do arise.

Foot Care for Diabetics

Diabetes is a condition that affects millions of people annually. The condition affects blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage from diabetes occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send proper signaling to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in neuropathy. If a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is important to provide good care for the feet to avoid the risk of amputation.

Caring for Diabetic Feet

– Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.

– Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.

– Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.
 
Patients with diabetes are recommended to have their physician monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels. This test informs the doctor of how well the blood sugar levels are being controlled during a 3 month time span. It is crucial to keep your blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). If the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving his or her feet, visiting a podiatrist is strongly recommended.
 
If you have any inquiries, feel free to contact one our offices in CentervilleDayton, and South Dayton, OH. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment services for all your podiatric needs.

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