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David Letterman Weight Loss — The Doctor Who Was Famed for Saving His Life

Sea Published On Mon May 04 2020   Modified On Fri May 29 2020
David Letterman Weight Loss — The Doctor Who Was Famed for Saving His Life

David Letterman's weight loss story doesn't exist, so to speak. It's not uncommon for everyone to have lost or gained a few pounds every now and then, so we're not saying the late-night legend didn't go through such a phase every now and then. Talk of his weight hasn't been much up for discussion. But admit to this, even at such an age, he's still rocking his looks, however different it may be now.

If you ask David Letterman if he'll ever miss those glory days of being the king of talk shows or something of that professional rivalry with Jay Leno (of course, they are frenemies), there's nothing he would rather look back to. And disappearing since 2015 after leaving the industry altogether has got people looking for him.

Seated with talk show host David Letterman, U.S. President Barack Obama makes an appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman" at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City Sept. 18, 2012.

Some people believed he couldn't handle the pressure of competition well enough.
Photo Credit: Kevin Lamarque, Reuters

However, the difficulty in finding him is because of a new look he's had since leaving the business. He barely goes out, and when receiving the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in October 2017, that bushy white beard made everyone sure how to recognize him when they see him.

Dr. Louis Aronne Is Widely Known to Have Saved David Letterman's Life with the Heart Diagnosis

In January 2000, David Letterman, the one who never missed a show in his life since 1982, had to take a break from everything in his life for a while. A test had revealed that month that an artery leading to his heart was extremely constricted.

If not for Dr. Louis Aronne, there would've be a worse fate as Arone continued to be Letterman's doctor. The reruns of the show the 'Late Show' was shown on television until the quintuple bypass heart surgery he had at New York Presbyterian Hospital and then the time he was recovering from it. Dr. O. Wayne Isom, chairman of cardiothoracic surgery at the hospital.

Dr. Louis Aronne

Dr. Louis Aronne appeared on Letterman's show quite frequently before the surgery.
Photo Source: Weill Cornell Medicine

According to a post by The New York Times, he used to often joke about his cholesterol level, on his show, as well as the oat brand he used to lower them down. Of course, interviewing Presidents with the same attitude was a signature style for Letterman. But who knew it could come jumping on his back.

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He didn't credit only Dr. Aronne for his contribution as his physician. All the doctors and nurses except one who were instrumental in his recovery appeared on his first return to hosting the show in February 2000. He broke down, thinking how he'd come back alive.

David Letterman, right, talks with comedian Robin Williams on the "Late Show with David Letterman" during the show's taping Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, in New York. Williams donned surgical garb to welcome back Letterman.

That's Robin Williams, by the way, not one of his lifesavers.
Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke, AP

Heart problems are obviously associated with blood flow and cholesterol levels, which ultimately means food has a huge part in it. And indirectly, body weight can also be a determining parameter for heart risks. And though there are no records of the Late Show mogul, a weight loss could've helped her too. But it was Dr. Aronne's care that got him in a better track.

Following the Comeback, Letterman Wrote a Credit on Aronne's Book about How He Taught Him Eating Habits

Letterman has never been in better shape since that surgery. He became a lot more conscious of his eating habits and continued to be under the care of Dr. Louis Aronne. Weight didn't have much to do with it (because well, he was more conscious about his wealth in general), but he ate better since then and is often seen jogging more so after retirement.

David Letterman keeps his headphones in as he goes for a run on Friday afternoon (March 25) in St. Barts, France.

You probably won't recognize him when he jogs past your home (Although, this is in France).
Photo Source: Splash News/FameFlynet Pictures

In his 2009 book, 'The Skinny On Losing Weight Without Being Hungry', Dr. Louis Aronne let Letterman write a credit, according to which, taught the retired host how to eat in a more healthy way since the heart-related surgery.

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Of course, the book title tells a story of how Aronne gives these weight loss tips more frequently than often. And it seems, people have found his methods to work on them. Even a backstage employee from his show volunteered to follow the eating program in the book and lost 12 pounds in two weeks.

David Letterman accepted the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday evening.

Letterman received the Mark Twain Award in October 2017.
Photo Credit: Scott Suchman, The New York Times

Aronne also wrote another book on weight loss in 2016, entitled 'The Change Your Biology Diet', in which he broke down the best things to do for losing weight. He told People that one of the best things to do is actually eat carbs at the end of the day in contrast to the idea that eating much less amount of carbohydrates was pivotal for weight loss. See the link in this paragraph for his tips.

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