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article imagePaula Deen withheld diabetes diagnosis to help others

By Kathleen Blanchard     Jan 17, 2012 in Health
Paula Deen, known for teaching us how to cook meals that are delicious, albeit fattening, announced she suffers from Type 2 diabetes. She has now become a “spokesperson” for diabetes, saying she withheld her diagnosis from the public for a reason.
Deen announced she’s working with a pharmaceutical company. As a result of her diagnosis she’s launched a new website. Deen, dubbed the "Butter Queen" has now become a spokesperson for Type 2 diabetes, saying she didn't announce it to the public until she felt she could help others living with the disease.
Deen was diagnosed 3 years ago, but withheld the information on purpose, according to an interview on the “Today Show”. She says she didn’t talk about it because “I didn’t have anything to give.” She wanted to bring hope to others before revealing she has Type 2 diabetes.
Aside from fattening foods, Paula says stress, lifestyle and genetics, as well as age, contribute to Type 2 diabetes. Her hope is to show others you can still have a wonderful lifestyle “without feeling like you’re being punished”, which includes eating good foods.
One of the most defined risks for diabetes is obesity, explains Health’s Medical Editor Roshini Rajapaksa, MD. "Dr. Raj" is an assistant professor of medicine at New York University Medical Center and co-author of What the Yuck?! and a contributor at “Today”.
Paula Deen claims she’s “always encouraged moderation” on her show, even though her recipes are “yummy” and fattening. She says she’s always eaten in moderation. When asked if she has changed the way she eats, she said she has never eaten like she cooks on a daily basis. She emphasizes people must be responsible for themselves.
Deen does say on her new website that she’s taking more walks with her husband, running after her grandchildren and has given up sweet tea.
Paula Deen has had Type 2 diabetes that she’s known about for 3 years. Now she wants to help other diabetics lead a healthier life. She’s teamed up with the drug company Novo Nordisk to promote the program "Diabetes in a New Light". She says her plans are to keep things delicious while sharing lighter recipes and diabetes management tips with the public.
Watch Paula's friend do a parody of Deen's love of butter.
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