Type 2 diabetes is a health condition that affects almost 26 million people and according to the American Diabetes Association it can lead to heart attacks, blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage and even amputations. And people prone to it come from all backgrounds, including celebrity life. Recently, Paula Deen, the cooking star, decided to come clean and talk about type 2 diabetes.
If you love food, then it is impossible not to know about Paula Deen’s guilty pleasure delicious recipes. You know what I’m talking about: the fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, and all the goodies of the Southern cuisine. However, as mouth – watering as these are, eating them on a regular basis might increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
For that reason, Paula Deen has decided to go public about her health condition. She’s been dealing with type 2 diabetes for three years now and told USATODAY: “I made the choice at the time to keep it close to me, to keep it close to my chest. I felt like I had nothing to offer anybody other than the announcement”. She also explained that at the beginning she didn’t have “enough knowledge about it.
The cooking star explained that she waited three years to confirm all the rumors in the media because she wasn’t informed enough to talk about it. So, keeping quiet all these years had nothing to do with her career and reputation.
“That was not why. My knowledge about the disease was very limited. But now I’m coming with good information, something that can help and bring hope to other people” said Paula Deen.
The interview with USATODAY is just one of the many she will be giving during the next weeks as part of the promotion campaign for the Diabetes in a New Light program. Paula Deen will promote diabetes medications from Novo Nordisk, said to improve blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes when used along with diet and exercise.
Paula’s sons, Jamie and Bobby, will also help with promoting Novo Nordisk’s Victoza. The Deen family has reinvented some of its classic hard core calorie recipes, offering people suffering from diabetes a much healthier and lighter version.