Paula Deen: Diabetes is not 'a death sentence'
January 17th, 2012
09:04 AM ET

Paula Deen: Diabetes is not 'a death sentence'

Paula Deen, star of the Food Network’s “Paula’s Best Dishes,” built her reputation on traditional Southern favorites such as fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, sweet tea and butter - lots and lots of butter.

For years her show and articles such as “7 Things Paula Deen Fried - and Ate” sparked rumors that the cooking icon had diabetes. She was often criticized for promoting food high in fat and calories at a time when about a third of American adults are considered obese.

Now Deen is going public with a diagnosis she received three years ago during a regular checkup with her doctor: She has Type 2 diabetes.

“I’m great,” she said on NBC’s "Today' show Tuesday morning. “I’m here today to let the world know that it is not a death sentence.”

The celebrity chef is launching a campaign with her two sons, Bobby and Jamie, called Diabetes in a New Light as part of her agreement to be a paid spokeswoman for Novo Nordisk, a maker of diabetes medications. The family is offering new, lighter versions of their favorite recipes and advice on managing the disease.

Deen said keeping her diagnosis a secret for so long wasn’t a choice based on protecting her reputation. “I wanted to bring something to the table when I came forward,” she said on "Today."

About 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC estimates another 79 million Americans over age 20 have pre-diabetes, or elevated glucose levels.

There are two major forms of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Type 2 is the most common. Type 2 is often called adult-onset diabetes because it develops over time due to low activity levels and a poor diet that causes excess body weight.

Diabetes can lead to kidney failure, blindness, lower limb amputations, heart disease and stroke. It is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, according to the CDC.

Type 2 diabetes is like Russian roulette, Deen told USA Today on Monday in her first interview about her diagnosis. "It's about heredity. It's about age, lifestyle, race. I'm the only one in my family who has it. My grandmother cooked and ate like I ate, and she didn't have it."

Still, the jokes about butter are flying - from bloggers mocking the irony of her spokeswoman deal to articles such as “The Paula Deen Dishes Paula Deen Shouldn’t Eat.” On the "Today" show, Deen rejected the criticism.

“I’ve always encouraged moderation. On my show I share with you all these yummy, fattening recipes, but I tell people, in moderation. In moderation, you can have that little piece of pie,” she said.

“Honey I’m your cook, not your doctor. You are going to have to be responsible for yourself.”

USA Today reported that Deen is walking a mile or more a day on a treadmill and is no longer drinking sweet tea to keep her sugar under control. She has dropped a clothing size since her diagnosis, according to the paper.

For more, visit Health.com: Deen may face uphill battle against diabetes

soundoff (278 Responses)
  1. RfvbZisse

    supreme suppliers cialis https://cileve.com/ – cialis online australia over the counter viagra cialis

    May 1, 2021 at 06:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. GvdbCrulk

    make tadalafil http://boxtadafil.com/ tadalafil 20 mg tablet

    May 2, 2021 at 12:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. GtnbCrulk

    how expensive is viagra http://jokviagra.com/ viagra prank

    May 3, 2021 at 12:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. FmrfEncox

    is cialis over the counter in canada https://cialisee.com/ – generic cialis 200mg is generic cialis safe

    May 3, 2021 at 15:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. LebnEncox

    Clomid http://xlnpharmacy.com/ Malegra DXT

    May 3, 2021 at 18:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. LbsoZisse

    online cialis https://ucialisdas.com/ cialis online

    May 4, 2021 at 03:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. RebfZisse

    cialis france https://rcialisgl.com/ buy cialis tadalafil

    May 5, 2021 at 10:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. GtnbCrulk

    viagra generic cost https://jokviagra.com/ female viagra pill

    May 6, 2021 at 19:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. AnooEncox

    viagra roja http://llviagra.com/ – can viagra make you ejaculate teva pharma viagra

    May 7, 2021 at 20:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. LbsoZisse

    how to cut 20mg. cialis http://ucialisdas.com/ cialis overnighted

    May 7, 2021 at 23:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. AnooEncox

    viagra ne kadar sГјrede etki eder https://llviagra.com/ viagra hypogonadism

    May 8, 2021 at 11:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. BbshMile

    herb viagra green box http://loxviagra.com/ – price of viagra free sample of viagra

    May 8, 2021 at 16:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. JebgEncox

    canadian mail order pharmacy http://pharmacylo.com/ canadien pharmacies

    May 8, 2021 at 17:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. JebgEncox

    online pharmacy pain relief https://pharmacylo.com/ prescription without a doctor's prescription

    May 8, 2021 at 19:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. download king855

    Good post. I'm going through some of these issues as well..

    Have a look at my web blog ... download king855

    May 9, 2021 at 00:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. BbshMile

    best way t o take viagra https://loxviagra.com/ which presidential candidate was the first spokesman for viagra

    May 9, 2021 at 01:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. FmrfEncox

    generic cialis 20 mg online https://cialisee.com/ – cialis20mg buy cialis 36 hour online

    May 9, 2021 at 02:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. RebfZisse

    cialis without prescriptions uk https://rcialisgl.com/ – cialis order online cialis professional india

    May 9, 2021 at 04:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. LebnEncox

    online pharmacy ed https://xlnpharmacy.com/ approved canadian online pharmacies

    May 9, 2021 at 05:07 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5

Leave a Reply to zortilo nrel


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.