Paula Deen, Diets…and Diabetes
Paula Deen has made a name (empire, really) for herself with foods drenched in butter and fried in lard, but there is news coming out that she has Type 2 diabetes and has had it for several years now (thanks to some words spoken on The Today Show). Keep reading to learn more about how Type 2 diabetes develops and about what this means for fans of Paula Deen who continue to relish her recipes and cooking style.
Paula Deen has created a persona that is known for frying up food in butter and lard, crafting dense cheesy macaroni and cheese and making chicken that would make any Southerner happy…because it’s delicious due to how bad it is for those who eat it.
Now Paula has made it public knowledge that her doctor diagnosed her with Type 2 diabetes back in 2008. Paula was quoted on The Today Show as saying: “I’m here today to let the world know that it is not a death sentence.”
Or is it? Most people consider news of this nature to be a serious wake-up call. Sure, Paula makes her name on being a chef who cooks with taste and flavor in mind, but at what cost? What does her reaction to her (serious) diagnosis say about her concern for her fans who are more than likely cookin’ up similar grub on a weekly or even daily basis?
Deen claims that she is a cook and not a doctor (taken loosely from a quote made by Oprah in the past) and that fans have to take care of themselves. All the same, there is some responsibility that comes along with being a huge name in food. Certainly, people know that loads of butter isn’t exactly dietetic, but I almost feel as though there should be a disclaimer on Deen’s TV programs for the people who (let’s be honest) may not exactly put two and two together.
Deen has also announced that she will become a (paid) spokeswoman for Novo Nordisk (known for making diabetes medications). Deen and her sons are going to be providing brand-new versions of their recipes in conjunction with the partnership that are ‘lighter’ (whatever that means to Paula Deen). Let’s hope for WAY lighter on the butter, sauce, lard…
Paula’s form of diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, is the most common form of the disease. It develops due to lack of exercise and lack of a healthy diet over time and is therefore common in adults (who probably enjoy those bacon and fried chicken recipes a little too often).
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 25 million people in the United States have diabetes. The disease has many dramatic and life-changing effects, from limb amputation and heart disease to stroke and even blindness.
Here is a healthier version of chicken soup for you!
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