A couple days ago I posted about Paula Deen announcing that she was known she has Type 2 Diabetes for over 3 years now, and is just coming forward with this information. While I watched her on The Today Show, I was instantly annoyed and shocked that she was so flippant about her announcement, especially when she announced that she has partnered with pharmaceutical company, Novo Nordisk, to promote a diabetes drug. And I grew more and  more angry and frustrated as I thought about it throughout the day; she has made a fortune promoting excess, indulgence, high-fat, high-calorie lifestyles and then when she (not surprisingly) contracts Type 2 Diabetes, she then profits from a drug to manage diabetes symptoms.  Instead of teaching us how to eat delicious and healthy foods, she takes her famously fun and southern-hospitality approach to life to television and teaches us about greasy, high saturated fat, highly caloric, deep-fried foods.  And rather than take the high road and admit that her lifestyle has led to diabetes, she simply chooses to profit from a diabetic drug to manage symptoms. 

How about prevention?? How about healthy eating??   Nope, Paul Deen just plans to stand along-side the majority of Americans (more than 60% of us are obese) and when we find ourselves with the same diagnosis she has been giving (Type 2 Diabetes) she will surely be there to profit from the drugs we start taking as well. Shocking and sad approach in my mind; when she could have leveraged her celebrity to admit her lifestyle has led to Diabetes, she instead chooses to suggest it’s a genetic predisposition and simply profit from the drugs that will manage her symptoms.


Southern celebrity chef Paula Deen appeared on the Today Show with Al Roker this morning to address rumors that she has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes more than 3 years ago. While it’s a sad thing to hear that any of us have Type 2 diabetes, I have to admit that I wasn’t overly surprised to hear that she was diagnosed with it. While I love Paula’s fun-loving, southern hospitality approach to life, her food is laden with carbohydrates, fat and sugar. Now, depending on the type of fat you consume, it can actually be a healthier lifestyle and is absolutely encouraged on the Paleo and Primal Diets, but I’m guessing that Paula isn’t cooking with Coconut, Grapeseed or Flax oil, but rather, using good oil Canola and Vegetable Oils mixed in with some Olive Oil.

According to Pub Med Health, Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong (chronic) disease in which there are high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood, and is the most common form of diabetes. When you have type 2 diabetes, your fat, liver, and muscle cells do not respond correctly to insulin (insulin resistance). As a result, blood sugar does not get into these cells to be stored for energy. When sugar cannot enter cells, high levels of sugar build up in the blood (hyperglycemia).