Paula Deen May Have Type 2 Diabetes

Does Paula Deen have Type 2 diabetes? Rumor has it a big announcement is on the way from the queen of Southern cooking.

Paula DeenThe internet is abuzz with gossip Paula Deen's unhealthy ways may have finally caught up with her. The cooking show host is reportedly about to announce she has Type 2 diabetes -- as soon as the ink is dry on a deal she's made to endorse the drug she's now taking.

Rumors of Paula Deen's diabetes diagnosis began in spring of 2011, when the National Enquirer published reports claiming her health was in danger. The 64-year-old never addressed the gossip directly.

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"Paula Deen is going to have to reposition herself now that she has diabetes," an unnamed source told The Daily. "She's going to have to start cooking healthier recipes. She can't keep pushing mac and cheese and deep-fried Twinkies when she is hawking a diabetes drug."

Wikipedia reports: Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder that is characterized by high blood glucose in the context of insulin resistance and relative insulin deficiency. The classic symptoms are excess thirst, frequently having to urinate and constant hunger. The primary cause of Type 2 diabetes is obesity in someone who is genetically predisposed.

The Southern cooking queen is no stranger to controversy. In 2009 Barbara Walters asked her during an interview, "You tell kids to have cheesecake for breakfast. You tell them to have chocolate cake and meatloaf for lunch. And french fries. Doesn't it bother you that you're adding to this?"

Paula Deen replied simply, "No, I'm not saying they should eat like this every day."

More recently Paula Deen came under fire from fellow chef Anthony Bourdain. "She revels in unholy connections with evil corporations, and she's proud of the fact that her food is f*****g bad for you," he said. "I would think twice before telling an already obese nation that it is OK to eat food that is killing us."

Representatives for Paula Deen have not replied to requests for comment from SheKnows.

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Comments on "Has Paula Deen's cooking finally caught up with her?"

Jennifer January 14, 2012 | 6:23 AM

Thanks Linda for your comment about Type 2 Diabetes. In general Paula Deen loves to cook the way she knows best; it seems some people have a problem with her and her family in general. Oh well, this is life as long as she's happy doing how she chooses to cook and to maintain dealing with her diabetic condition is totally up to her. Stop blaming her for obesity in this country, she's not the cause it some people need to educate themselves when it comes to eating healthy and their environment.

Linda January 13, 2012 | 5:20 PM

You do realize that people who eat healthy, watch their weight, and exercise, have Type 2 Diabetes? They also have heart disease, heart attacks and strokes. Pay a visit to any hospital and witness this for yourself. Why don't we tackle the important issue of the additives, preservatives and pesticides that we eat on a daily basis which is detrimental to our health and which no one wants to talk about?

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