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Yes, Paula Deen has diabetes
The celebrity chef says the way she cooks is 'part of the puzzle' of what can lead to type 2 diabetes.
Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Earlier this morning on "Today," Paula Deen confirmed that she has type 2 diabetes. She told Al Roker that she was diagnosed with the disease three years ago, and she wants to “let the world know that it is not death sentence.”
She also confirmed that she is a paid spokesperson for Novo Nordisk and its diabetes drug, Victoza. She is partnering with them in a program called Diabetes in a New Light
that has recipes, ideas for managing diabetes and tips for working with a doctor. Her sons are part of the Diabetes in a New Light program, also.
Roker asked the questions that people seemed to want to know. Why didn’t she tell people sooner? Is she being compensated for her work with Novo Nordisk? Has she changed the way she eats? I think Deen answered the questions in a straightforward and honest way, even though she didn’t specifically say "yes" or "no" to changing the way she eats. She did say that she has always encouraged eating in moderation. (If you watch her shows, she often does).
She also said that she once said on “Oprah,” “I’m your cook, not your doctor. You have to be responsible for what you eat.” Very true.
Did you catch Paula Deen on "Today"? What are your thoughts?
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