Ask Dr. Darria: Can High Blood Sugar Lead to Full-Blown Diabetes?

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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Darria Long Gillespie, MD, is Executive Vice President, Clinical Strategy at Sharecare, where she answers users' health and wellness questions on her blog Ask Dr. Darria, and brings her expertise as a physician to the development of Sharecare's products and program offerings. In addition to her role at Sharecare, Dr. Darria is an Assistant Professor at the Emory University School of Medicine and works as an emergency room doctor in the Emory University Hospital Emergency Department.

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