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Paula Deen and Diabetes

January 17, 2012

In an interview on the Today show, Paula Deen, the Food Network star famous for her indulgent, down-home Southern cooking, divulged that she was diagnosed three years ago with Type 2 diabetes.

As the rumors swirled leading up to her announcement, there has been speculation that the food Paula Deen unapologetically promotes - deep fried macaroni and cheese, fried chicken and a plethora of other sugar and butter-laden extravagances - may be to blame for her current diagnosis.


However, Paula Deen says that type 2 diabetes is like “Russian Roulette”. Paula Deen says, "It's about heredity. It's about age, lifestyle, race. I'm the only one in my family who has diabetes. My grandmother cooked and ate like I ate, and she didn't have it."

Paula Deen explains that since being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, she has started walking on a treadmill each day and has stopped drinking sweet tea. But, she hasn’t made a lot of other changes in her eating habits because she practices moderation.

Video Source: the Today Show

So, what do you think?

Do you think the foods that Paula Deen promotes have contributed to her developing type 2 diabetes?

What type of lifestyle choices have you made to keep your family healthy?

How do you teach your children about healthy eating and exercise?

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