Category: Paula Deen

Paula Deen reveals her Type 2 diabetes diagnosis

Paula Deen has Type 2 diabetes

Paula Deen on Tuesday came out of the closet -- the Type 2 Diabetes closet.

"I was diagnosed three years ago, during a regular physical exam with my doctor, that I had Type 2 diabetes," said the celebrity chef, "and I'm here today to let the world know that it is not a death sentence."

She said she intentionally didn't go public at the time of her diagnosis because she had "nothing to give to my fellow friends out there." Now she's partnered as a paid spokeswoman for the pharmaceutical company that provides her diabetes medication, to offer an lifestyle-drug combo plan via the website Diabetes in a New Light.

"I wanted to bring something to the table when I came forward, and I've always been one to think that I bring hope, because I've had lots of obstacles in my life, y'all."

Rumors that Deen was diabetic first arose a year ago, then popped up again last week ahead of her announcement. As Deen's stock in trade is high-fat, high-calorie traditional Southern cooking, and Type 2 diabetes is linked to obesity, among other things, such a revelation couldn't help but come with a whiff of scandal.

In August, fellow celeb chef Anthony Bourdain told TV Guide, "The worst, most dangerous person to America is clearly Paula Deen. She revels in unholy connections with evil corporations and she's proud of the fact that her food is ... bad for you."

Pressed by Al Roker about whether she had changed her diet, she held firm. "I've always eaten in moderation. People see me on television ... cooking all these wonderfully fattening Southern dishes. ...  That's only 30 days out of 365, and it's for entertainment."

She admitted separately, however, that there's "no more sweet tea for me." In addition to being overweight or obese, Type 2 diabetes risk factors include genetics, age and lack of exercise.

Later Tuesday on "The Talk," the hosts were generally supportive but Sara Gilbert did say she wished Deen wasn't out there promoting medication as an answer for Type 2 diabetes, but rather taking the opportunity to step up as a leader for living a healthy lifestyle.

Still, Sharon Osbourne pointed out, Deen "has a style of traditional American cooking. She doesn't force people to do her recipes. ... People aren't stupid. You either like her food or you don't. She doesn't force anyone, and God bless her."


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Anthony Bourdain vs. Paula Deen

Celebrity chefs Paula Deen and Anthony Bourdain have never met, Deen said Friday, and she wonders what got into the Travel Channel chef -- or into his cereal -- that prompted the fighting words Bourdain threw down recently for the print version of TV Guide.

"The worst, most dangerous person to America is clearly Paula Deen," Bourdain told the mag. "She revels in unholy connections with evil corporations and she's proud of the fact that her food is ... bad for you. ... Plus, her food sucks."

OK, then -- someone doesn't like mama's cooking? Yes and no. He'd clarified Thursday on Twitter that "my comment was actually 'worst, most dangerous to America cook on [Food Network]."

Butter fan Deen had addressed Bourdain's Food Network attack Thursday as well, telling Page Six, "You know, not everybody can afford to pay $58 for prime rib or $650 for a bottle of wine. My friends and I cook for regular families who worry about feeding their kids and paying the bills."

She moved on Friday to "Fox & Friends" (see below), explaining further that she "was actually kinda shocked, considering I have never met Anthony. I was really shocked that such harsh words could be used."

"I don't know if it was a publicity thing or if someone had just peed in his bowl of cereal that morning and he was mad."

Though we're guessing Deen won't have to set an extra place at her table for Bourdain any time soon, he might already be taking her advice to "wiggle around" certain questions in interviews -- this after he'd eagerly jumped in with both unfettered feet about Food Network folks Guy Fieri, Sandra Lee and Rachael Ray as well.

"Resolved: Next time I'm asked [for the millionth time] who the worst cooks on Food Network are, I'll just shut up," he said Wednesday on Twitter. "Who cares?"


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Video: Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends


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