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American Idol’s Randy Jackson on “The Shock of My Life”

Written on July 24, 2012 at 10:20 am , by

Jackson has been an Idol judge since the show started in 2002. (Photo courtesy of PMK)

After speaking with Randy Jackson yesterday, we couldn’t say that we were too surprised to hear a big American Idol announcement this morning. As the only returning judge on the panel (Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler stepped down after the last season), Jackson was tight-lipped about the show. Today we learned that Jackson himself was instrumental in helping Mariah Carey sign on as a judge for the 12th season. Here’s what he had to say about it on Twitter this morning:

Since the show casting was, and is, still in negotiation (who will fill Tyler’s seat?), Jackson wanted to talk to us about another topic close to his heart: diabetes. Nine years ago, the music producer was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and it’s dramatically changed the way he lives. “When I was first diagnosed, I viewed it as a curse. But it forced me to take control of my health,” he says. Read on for details about Jackson’s journey in his own words.

  • I thought I had a cold or the flu. I wasn’t feeling well and was perspiring all the time. We gave it the weekend to see if it would go away, but it didn’t. So my doctor ran a few tests and came back to tell me that I had type 2 diabetes. My Dad had it, but I thought this was a disease that happened to someone else—not me.
  • My doctor told me that, as a diabetic, I was two to four times more likely to develop heart disease and stroke. That was a shock, plus, I really had to learn what blood sugar was. I had no idea what it meant when they told me that my blood sugar was at almost 500! [Editor's note: A healthy blood glucose level is below 100, and anything over 125 signals diabetes.]

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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.

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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?”