Tom Hanks is the most recent celebrity -- following in the footsteps of Halle Berry, Paula Dean and Randy Jackson -- to reveal that he has type 2 diabetes. Appearing on Late Show with David Letterman in early October, he told the talk show host that after a long history of high blood sugar numbers, his doctor told him he'd "graduated" to full-blown diabetes. Hanks said that controlling his weight is one way he's battling the disease.
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What Is Diabetes? Diabetes occurs when your body can no longer handle glucose the way it's supposed to do. Glucose is a simple sugar that is the basic fuel of the body. Foods that supply glucose include fruits, vegetables and carbohydrates. The body's digestive system converts these nutrients into glucose, which is absorbed into the blood stream and transported to the body's cells. But to get the glucose into your body's