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Life Line Screening Recap: Paula Deen’s Diabetes Announcement

admin - January 17, 2012

You may have read news stories yesterday about today’s expected announcement by Paul Deen on the TODAY show. Well it’s out! Yes, the down-home cook from Savannah, star of Food Network’s “Paula’s Best Dishes” has type 2 diabetes.

Just the news of the expected announcement started a firestorm of comments on TODAY’s website. Some comments were heated as they came from opposite sides of the spectrum, like:

  • A quote from John Sampso: “I would love to see the percentage of type 2 diabetics who actually make a concerted effort to lose weight, exercise, and eat healthy, and the percentage of type 2 diabetics who don’t put forth enough effort.”
  • A quote from annsrum: “@JohnSampso So how do you explain me? […] I was diagnosed with type II diabetes despite the fact that I am at a healthy weight for my height, eat what most people would consider a healthy diet (use olive oil, eat salads, eat fish etc), and exercise 5 days a week.”*
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Meanwhile during her TODAY interview with Al Roker, Deen talked about the importance of being responsible for yourself as far as making good food choices and eating some of the sugar-filled, high calorie foods only in moderation. She also urged people to get regular diabetes screenings, especially baby boomers, as she mentioned the other factors besides obesity that can “lead” to diabetes, such as genetics, lifestyle, stress, and age.

Dr. Rashini Raj, a TODAY Contributor, also appeared on the show and agreed that diet, lack of exercise, age, and race “increases the risk for diabetes.” However, obesity is the “most defined risk factor.” Still, it is not currently known what exactly causes diabetes, she said.

In an article on, Vidya Rao reports that while Deen will continue to cook the high-fat foods, her son Bobby will promote lower calorie versions of his mom’s meals on his Cooking Channel show, “Not My Mama’s Meals,” as the comments about her appearance continue  rolling in.**

Your comments are welcome here. Let us know what you think!

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1 Comment so far
  1. Susan Levy - January 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I have very strong opinions about Paula Deen’s knowledge that she had Diabetes for three years yet continued to tell her audience how great her very unhealthy, processed recipes and tools were. See my blog post

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