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Does Paula Deen Have Type 2 Diabetes?

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Is Paula Deen suffering from type 2 diabetes? That’s the current gossip in the food world. It isn’t new gossip, however. The National Enquirer reported that the Queen of the kitchen was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes last spring, which went unconfirmed.

The most recent gossip surrounding the Food Network star was that she would announce to the world that she was dealing with the disease and that she would also announce her partnership with Novartis, a pharmaceutical company that produces a drug to help treat the disease. The gossip is just that – gossip.

No one has been able to confirm that 64-year-old Deen has the disease nor can they prove that it came from her cooking. Now it is quite possible that the star is seeing some ill effects from the way she cooks. She uses large amounts of fats and sugars that just cannot be healthy. One of her recipes, Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding, calls for 2 dozen donuts, a stick of butter, a whole box of confectioner’s sugar, and sweetened condensed milk. I think I gained 5 pounds reading the ingredients.

The recent gossip started on Friday when The Daily reported in the headlined article “Paula’s Big Fat Secret” that, “the queen of high-calorie, Southern cooking — is about to come clean and confess that she can’t eat her own dishes anymore because she has diabetes.”

A CBS report later in the day on Friday claimed the rumor of Deen breaking the silence on her diabetic condition was false and that Deen has no deal with Novartis. The representative of Novartis told CBS, “The rumors that Novartis has signed a multi-million dollar spokesperson deal with Paula Deen for a diabetes treatment are not true. Novartis is not working with Ms. Deen.”

Deen and her representatives have remained silent on the situation leaving fans and non-fans to speculate on whether she is actually suffering from her preference for unhealthy foods. Her son has tried to put a spin on his mom’s food by starting a new show on The Cooking Channel called, “Not My Mama’s Meals,” where he takes his mom’s recipes and converts them into healthier dishes. For his first episode he turned his mama’s Krispie Kreme Bread Pudding into a healthier Fresh Fruit Bread Pudding.

It is doubtful that Deen would confess to having type 2 diabetes if she has been afflicted. She has often been criticized for her recipes that are filled with fat, salt and sugar.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, you have a higher risk for diabetes if you are over 45, have excess body weight, a family history of diabetes, a poor diet, and a low activity level. Type 2 Diabetes is a serious disease, but it is also one of the most preventable of human diseases and there is evidence that it is reversible with a lifestyle change of losing weight, eating right, and exercising.

Perhaps it might be in Deen’s best interest to follow in her son’s footsteps by making her recipes healthier.

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  • i did not no thatpaula deen did have debetts

  • Gmsarm

    Just because recipes are made with ingredients that are considered “unhealthy” by some doesn’t mean the dish is unhealthy. Unless a person is going to devour the whole damn thing a smaller portion is fine. Your demonizing of a cook is not going to change someone that is stupid enough to eat a baking dish full of dessert every day of their lives.

    • Yes actually, scientifically it is very much unhealthy no matter how little you eat. You may not gain much weight after just eating one or two servings per month, but it is still by technical standards, unhealthy.

      There’s no “by some” it is logical, and a proven fact. I’m sorry but adding a pound of butter in everything is not a good habit. Look at her, she’s incredibly overweight now and it wouldn’t surprise me if she did have type 2 diabetes..

    • davee44

      The Anti Obesity drug makers and diabetes drug makers take in 10 billion$$$$ every year with no cure!! Food Chemicals are the cause of the diabetes and obesity crisis The FDA and Drug makers know this and are laughing to the Billionaire$$$ bank The food chemicals break the gut(insulin) and this is the cause of the diabetes and obesity crisis A filmmaker has been reversing diabetes and Obesity WITHOUT MEDICATIONS in now 10 countries and the drug makers do not promote the story

      just google SPIRIT HAPPY DIET

    • Yrrt007

      Most of her recipes do contain too much of what americans should not eat on a daily basis. I do love her spirit.

  • Joe_schmoe01

    Go tell the French their food is bad. They use a lot of butter, lard sugar…all the no-no’s they chastise us for eating, yet they have the longest life expectancy in Western Europe. The nutritionist call it the French Paradox, I say they’re doing something right. Paula ia at the age where diseases show up. But self righteous people want to blame her, because they don’t like the idea that people aren’t eating what “they” deem “healthy”. Dr Atkins points out that there are 3 types of metabolisms.1 that prefers carbs, another proteins,and another fats. IE, Innuets. Whale blubber is a food. So a one size fits all doesn’t work. I just wish people would get out of other peoples business

    • Aspenviewkennels

      Many people are criticizing the use of butter. In fact butter is much more healty then its alternatives. True fats that come from animals are good for you in moderation. Lard is better then veggie shorting, milk fat is good, it feeds your brain. Reduced fat and skim is actualy bad for you. Real sugar is ok in moderation and fake sugars like corn syrup is bad your body cant process it. Back to the fat, real fat holds vital nutriants like omega 3s. 100% grass feed beef has more of them then salmon. Most grocery store beef is from mass produced feed lots and are feed corn. Thats what makes redmeat bad for you. Their bodies like ours are not made to process it thats why they get so fat like we do if we eat it. Its simple corn is bad. So butter is good margirine a transfat is bad.

  • Bevymorhere

    Hippa rules mean she doesn’t have to tell ANYONE anything about her health or lack thereof!!

  • yes – surely she does! one word = butter!

  • Penguins0315

    I eat whatever I want. Sugar, fat, salt. It’s about your own body that determines if something is going to cause diabetes. You have to have a prediposition. & who cares it’s her life!

  • Yrrt007

    I met her in tyler tx a few months ago at a book signing. She looked great. Thinner body.

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