Tom ’ s Se­cret Health Cri­sis

De­spite the best ef­forts of his wife and doc­tors, Tom Hanks bat­tles pain and ill­ness

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The news came as a shock. “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,’” Tom Hanks re­vealed to David Let­ter­man on Late Show in 2013, shak­ing his head as the crowd gasped in dis­be­lief. Then he added with a shrug, “Some­thing’s go­ing to kill us all.”

In the years since his re­veal, Tom has strug­gled with other se­ri­ous con­di­tions. And now the beloved ac­tor is in the midst of a se­cret health cri­sis. “Tom isn’t just bat­tling di­a­betes — he’s suf­fer­ing from prostate flare-ups and other blood sugar prob­lems,” a source close to the twotime Os­car win­ner tells In Touch. Tom must take pills mul­ti­ple times a day to help man­age his is­sues. “The side ef­fects are what’s re­ally af­fect­ing him,” adds an in­sider. “Right now, he’s in a ton of pain and it’s not al­low­ing him to walk and func­tion the way he wants.” He spends many days in his home of­fice when he doesn’t feel well, says the in­sider, adding that the 59-year-old doesn’t want the pub­lic to see him at less than his best.

Mak­ing the sit­u­a­tion more dif­fi­cult: Tom’s di­etary re­stric­tions. “Tom was or­dered by his doc­tor to stop all red meat, al­co­hol, caf­feine and sugar,” says the source, adding that al­though the fa­ther of four had no prob­lem giv­ing up booze, he still en­joys red meat and caf­feine, plus his main vice: cho­co­late.

His wife, Rita Wil­son, is com­mit­ted to keep­ing him healthy. “Rita tries so hard to help Tom with the reg­i­men of healthy eat­ing and tak­ing his daily pills and vi­ta­mins,” says the in­sider, adding that if Tom would just lis­ten to Rita, 59 — who is no stranger to health is­sues (see side­bar) — his con­di­tion would prob­a­bly be bet­ter. “Rita lays out all of his pills, along with her own, ev­ery morn­ing and ev­ery night. She la­bels ev­ery­thing with a time and date. And all Tom has to do is take the pill.”

But Tom hates ac­cept­ing that he has any phys­i­cal lim­i­ta­tions. “Tom isn’t a pill guy, never has been, and that’s part of the prob­lem. They re­ally af­fect his stom­ach,” says the source, adding that though Tom puts on a brave face in pub­lic, be­hind closed doors the Hol­ly­wood leg­end some­times strug­gles. At times, says the in­sider, he has had to get a steroid shot “to bring down the in­flam­ma­tion in his feet.” Adds the in­sider: Tom’s try­ing so hard to keep go­ing like noth­ing is wrong with him, but “he’s in pain.” ◼

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