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Tom Hanks, on Type 2 Diabetes and Your Feet

Earlier this past year, Mega Star, Tom Hanks shared on Late Night with David Letterman, that he has been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Hanks is now part of the 8.3% of the American population diagnosed with the disease. 

Type 2 Diabetes is not an issue of the body attacking the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, as is the case with Type 1 Diabetes in which people must self-inject insulin to keep their blood sugar levels regulated. It is the chronic diseases that occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or does not process the insulin it produces properly. 

Hanks, who has lost and gained weight frequently in order to play various roles in his movie career now is faced with needing to lose weight and become more consistently mobile for health reasons. 

Although he joked good-humoredly about never being able to do anything else that would be considered fun in his life again because of the disease, he also clearly respects the serious implications. 

He discussed his reaction to facing the challenges that come with the chronic disease openly and says he is going to do whatever it takes, to live as healthy a lifestyle as he can. 

The Feet and Diabetes 

The feet are one area of the body, very much affected by diabetes. Due to the increased risk of nerve damage that causes a lack of sensation in the legs and feet, people with diabetes are more prone to infections and foot wounds. This increase is fueled even further by the body’s misplaced glucose when high sugar levels feed the bacteria of the infection. 

If the wounds and infections get bad enough, they become gangrene, where tissue around the sore dies and this creates a life or death situation because it spreads rapidly to other parts of the body. 

Diabetic foot care is a serious concern for a large population of Americans across the nation. To learn more about how to care for your feet properly if you or someone you love has diabetes, contact key podiatry leader, Dr. Sanjay Gandhi, located in 215 Gordons Corner Rd in Manalapan, New Jersey. His experience and dedication to diabetic foot care has made key Podiatrist in the area.  To contact Dr. Sanjay Gandhi, call(732) 446-7136 or visit his website at 

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