A good portion of celebrity gossip reported nowadays turns out not to be true, and we sure hope that's the case with the latest information to hit the web regarding Tom Hanks' health.
According to an InTouch magazine inside source, Hanks has been battling Type 2 diabetes over the past several years — along with a host of other issues.
"Tom isn’t just battling diabetes — he’s suffering from prostate flare-ups and other blood sugar problems," the source said.
According to InTouch, Hanks is managing most of his medical problems with prescription medications, but the side effects are keeping him in discomfort, and he also requires periodic steroid shots to bring down inflammation in his feet.
"Right now, he’s in a ton of pain and it’s not allowing him to walk and function the way he wants," the source said, adding that Hanks is often confined to his home and away from the public.
The InTouch source may claim that Hanks is slowing down, but his Instagram account tells a different story. Hanks still seems to have his usual sense of humor, and though his face isn't always present on social media, he still takes time to post pictures with witty quips while he is out and about.
Another thing that's been plaguing Hanks besides his health? Legal problems involving his son, Chet Hanks. Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, are being sued for damages by a man who was rear-ended by Chet while he was allegedly under the influence and driving Hanks and Wilson's car.
"Despite knowing that Chester Hanks was a careless and reckless driver and a habitual user of drugs and alcohol, they negligently permitted Chester Hanks to operate their vehicle," the plaintiff alleged in court documents.
While there isn't a quick fix for the Hanks' legal issues, for now, doctors are supposedly advising him to make some changes in his diet.
"Tom was ordered by his doctor to stop all red meat, alcohol, caffeine and sugar," says the source, adding that Hanks is abstaining from alcohol, but red meat, caffeine and chocolate still remain part of his life.
Whether Mr. Hanks is indeed ill or not, the man is a national treasure, and we beg him to take care of himself.
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