Paula Deen: I Have Type-2 Diabetes
A diagnosis of type-2 diabetes won’t keep Paula Deen from making her signature fatty dishes on her Southern home cooking show.
The Food Network star finally owned up to having the disease—first diagnosed three years ago— this morning on “Today,” after much speculation.
“I’m here today to let the world know that it is not a death sentence,” Deen, 64, tells the news show, which adds that she is a paid spokesperson for pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, the supplier of her medication for diabetes.
Novo Nordisk will begin an ad campaign featuring Deen this month, according to “Today.” Coincidence—or marketing genius?
So, since obesity is a contributor to type-2 diabetes, will Deen eschew the high-fat, high-calorie, high-sugar recipes she’s famous for—like donut hamburgers—for healthier fare on “Paula’s Best Dishes”?
“Here’s the thing, you know, I’ve always encouraged moderation,” Deen told “Today.” “On my show, you know, I share with you all these yummy, fattening recipes, but I tell people ‘in moderation… You can have that little piece of pie …’”
As for her own diet and behavior, the TV personality tells USA Today that she has cut out her sweet tea habit and hits the treadmill daily to walk a mile or so— helping her drop a dress size.
“That’s a big trick for a little Southern girl,” she tells the newspaper. “I calculated how much sugar I drank in empty calories, and it was staggering. I would start drinking tea at lunchtime and drank it all the way to bedtime.”
Deen told “Today” she has, in fact, “always eaten in moderation.”
“You know, people see me on TV two or three times a day and they see me cooking all these wonderfully Southern, fattening dishes,” she told the show. “That’s only 30 days out of 365. And it’s for entertainment. And people have to be responsible. Like I told Oprah a few years ago, honey, I’m your cook, not your doctor. You are going to have to be responsible for yourself.”
Does that mean a hamburger donut is OK if we only eat the bottom bun?
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