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Hot Topic Tuesday: Paula Deen Has Diabetes…Now What?

Written on January 17, 2012 at 10:38 am , by

Deen was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes three years ago. (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock)

Food Network chef Paula Deen sat down with Al Roker on the Today Show this morning to quiet the “does she or doesn’t she” chatter related to her diabetes status. After an April 2010 tabloid story, rumors have circulated that the Southern cook, famous for her use of ample amounts of butter and Krispy Kreme donuts as hamburger buns, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. (There are many potential causes for type 2, but eating processed meats, like bacon, and watching more than two hours of TV per day may increase your risk.)

Today, Deen took to the airwaves to address the rumors—and confirm that three years ago she was, in fact, diagnosed with type 2. “I’m here today to let the world know that this is not a death sentence,” she told Roker.

Deen decided to keep mum until now, she explained, because she didn’t have a full explanation of her action plan moving forward and needed time to come to terms with the diagnosis. But after consulting with her doctor and Dr. Mehmet Oz, she launched “Diabetes in a New Light” to support others with type 2, in conjunction with pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk. Personally, Deen has also given up sweet tea and started walking on a treadmill, according to USA Today, but will not plan to drastically alter the types of dishes she shares on her show. (“I have always eaten in moderation,” she explained. “It’s for entertainment.”) However, her son Bobby recently launched Not My Mama’s Meals on Cooking Channel, during which he tries to lighten up Paula’s recipes and cut the calories and fat without cutting taste.

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Now tell us: Do you think that Deen should change the types of recipes she shares on her show Paula’s Best Dishes to reflect her new health focus? Or is it the responsibility of the viewer to realize that these meals are “treats?”

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  • Jami

    she should have let the public know she developed diabetes from eating her “style” of food. Given the public a truthful veiw of what this kind of diet can do.

  • JoAnn Lynch

    Tell the TRUTH regardless of the consequences to the business etc. “You shall know the truth and the truth will make you free”

  • Tori

    You would have to be an idiot not to KNOW that a high fat/calorie diet can lead to obesity and diabetes among other health problems! It’s really up to her to share her personal health issues. Personally I go with the clean eating diet. But that’s for me. I’m from the South and know damn well my relatives know about healthy eating…over half chose to eat the old Southern way. There choice! It’s America people! They ALL know the truth. But I’m still their family and I still love them with their poor choices. I continue to try to be a better example.

  • Tori

    Sorry that’s Their choice! not there choice…sorry I’m busy working from home :)