Tom Hanks and the Type-2 Diabetes Story: An Evidence-Based Discussion I Would Like to Have with Mr. Hanks

Tom Hanks recently disclosed on national TV that he has developed type-2 diabetes. He joins the over 1,000,000 people who are diagnosed annually with this condition – or is it a disorder or a disease or a syndrome – it gets very confusing. Unfortunately, the diagnosis of type-2 diabetes is sometimes described by health professionals and the media as a silent killer or a ticking time bomb which creates fear and dis-ease rather than understanding. While there is a risk it may not be as big as you think.

For patients to truly understand the actual impact of type-2 diabetes they need to be aware of the impact it has on the chance of developing heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular events as well as the magnitude of the benefits and harms of treatment.

Using Mr. Hanks as a case study, Dr. James McCormack discusses the information he thinks he would need to know to help him make an informed evidence-based decision.