Diet "Part Of The Puzzle" Paula Deen Says About Diabetes Diagnosis

The "Queen of Southern Cuisine" says she is uncertain if her diet played a role in her developing Type 2 diabetes.


The "Queen of Southern Cuisine" says she is uncertain if her diet played a role in her developing Type 2 diabetes.

"That is part of the puzzle," Deen said when asked about her high-fat, high-calorie recipes on NBC's "Today" show. Deen immediately listed other potential factors: genetics, stress, age and lifestyle.

"I've always eaten in moderation," Deen said, adding that she has always told viewers of her Food Network show the same.

Deen is now teaming up with drug maker Novo Nordisk to launch a program that aims to help people live with Type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes. Those inflicted either don't produce enough insulin, or do not use it efficiently, which allows excess sugar to accumulate in the blood.

Deen says she was diagnosed three years ago.

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  • by Stephanie Location: Austin on Jan 20, 2012 at 06:35 AM
    I'm sad for Paula, but not all that surprised. Maybe she should look into a healthier diet to treat her diabetes instead of drugs? There's lots of interesting information available at this noncommercial, science based site: To quote the good doctor: "It is too bad Paula Deen missed this opportunity" to tell her fans "that type 2 diabetes can be prevented, managed, treated, and even cured". Read more at
  • by Carol Location: Colorado Sprs on Jan 17, 2012 at 09:52 PM
    When my blood sugars began to spike and fall changing my diet and adding reular exercize stabilized the problem. ( also losing weight changed my prognosis) Today I'm am having no blood sugar problems, I am taking Protandim a five herb enzyme upregulator that is known to stabilize diabetic issues.
  • by Carol Location: CSprings on Jan 17, 2012 at 11:33 AM
    Paula is a prime example of the American dream. Keep quiet until you become a spokesperson for a drug company. As long as Kirstie Alley and Marie Osmond keep yoyo-ing they will always be an inspiration to dieters. Next, we will need a celebrity spokesperson who will convince you that mercury is healthy for you.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2012 at 10:03 AM
    So what is Type 2? That info would be helpful. Does she need insulin shots? Is it late-adult onset? Is is controllable? Was it avoidable in any way? Paula can make a fortune now working with dietitians, educating the older (and juvenile) population about how to manage and/or even avoid diabetes. Turn her lemons into lemonade for others! I see many more millions in her future.
  • by Jerry Location: Colorado Springs on Jan 17, 2012 at 08:38 AM
    Butter Pie-Right On. Is this gal in denial or what. Actually she is not that mentally deprived, she is just trying to mitigate the damage that years of bad eating habits that all of us have, could cause bad repercussions to her TV Series, books, and everything else she makes money at.
  • by George Location: Colorado Springs on Jan 17, 2012 at 08:04 AM
    Wow, must be a "Slow news" day.
  • by John Location: CS on Jan 17, 2012 at 08:02 AM
    I can't imagine why Paula has diabetes, can you? I'm especially fond of Paula's All Butter Pie (four pounds alone for the lovely filling), inclusive of her butter - lard and sugar crust, topped with oodles and oodles of whipped cream all sprinkled with yummy sugar. Mmmmmmmmm, y'all. I know Paula will make the most of her diabetes with an all new show on the shameless Food Network, inclusive of all sorts of fun recipes for diabetics. Oh, how fun! I always look forward to Paula's show, replete with a nice big 'O bowl of triple mayonnaise crab and cheese dip lathered on cheesy bread followed by several slices of her All Butter Pie, all washed down with a mega party size of Dr. Pepper. Every day with Paula is a party!
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