The world's most butter-loving celebrity cooking show host,Paula Deen,just revealed some very big news about her health...
...she has Type 2 diabetes.Paula's known her diagnosis for three years,but has only just come forth the news because,as she told People.com:
"I said,'The one thing that I think endeared me to so many people is I've been in very hopeless situations.[...] I had to really get myself into a place when I made the announcement.I would come with information,and I would be armed to be able to help others."
Millions of Americanshave type 2 diabetes,which is a lifelong disease caused by a problem in the way your body makes or uses insulin.Your fat,liver,and muscle cells don't respond to insulin correctly,so blood sugar doesn't get into those cells to be stored for energy.As a result,your blood is infused with high levels of sugar.
Naturally,people have a lot to say about this.Paula's not known for having the lightest of touches with butter,sugar,and shortening in her recipes (I'm looking atyou,burger topped with a fried egg and bacon served between glazed doughnuts!)--and,since many people withtype 2 diabetes are overweight when diagnosed,they're making a connection there.Kind of likeAnthony Bourdain did,when he said she was "telling an already obese nation that it's OK to eat food that is killing us."
But people who aren't overweight and watch what they eat can get type 2 diabetes,too--it can be hereditary.And Paula's not letting her diagnosis get in the way of her cooking.She'spartnered with a pharmaceutical firmto create a program called"Diabetes in a New Light,"which offers diabetes-friendly recipes and information about the disease.She told Al Roker on theToday Showthat diabetes "isn't a death sentence," and that she now logs long walks on the treadmill and has given up sweet tea.
Andwhile her recipes won't change on her show,she says: "It's for entertainment.And people have to be responsible.Like I told Oprah a few years ago,honey,I'm your cook,not your doctor.You are going to have to be responsible for yourself."
Do you watch Paula Deen?What do you think of the news?