Does Paula Deen have diabetes?

Rumor has it that America’s butter and mayo-loving popular chef, Paula Deen, may be hiding a dirty secret, sung to the tune of Type 2 diabetes. Although it’s just speculation, many believe her use of high fat ingredients and refined sugar has led to a diagnosis.

Paula Deen

The rumor mill is hot with this story and according to The Daily, this large eating and living queen of butter may come clean with her diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes soon — some even speculate as soon as her upcoming appearance on Oprah’s new OWN show, Oprah’s Next Chapter. Why all the hiding though, Paula?

The rumors started in April when The National Enquirer and The Daily Mail came out that she did, in fact, receive a diagnosis and was hiding it to protect her credibility. But come on folks, do you blame her? The Southern chef has earned her livelihood whipping up artery blocking recipes like gooey butter cake and deep fried lasagna, all without pointing out obvious health risks to those who were brave enough to eat them. Sure, health advocates and other celebrity chefs have publically criticized her methods, but millions of fans flock to their TV sets to tune in to her Food Network show and have stampeded the doors of her popular restaurant in Savannah, Lady and Sons. Will the fans stop coming if they learn her food gave her a life-threatening disease?

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Further speculation has transpired due to her focus on non-trans fat heavy activities, like selling flavored lip balms, opening a clothing line and working on two new cookbooks with a new publisher. In addition, she’s been working with her son Bobby on his new Cooking Channel series, Not My Mama’s Meals, which focuses on healthy makeovers of the rich Southern food he grew up on. Is her recent change in engagements due to a new struggle with diabetes or just another way to add more change to the large Deen pot?

Whether she comes clean soon or not, diabetes itself is no laughing matter. According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 25 billion Americans have this disease and almost 100,000 people die each year from it. However, Type 2 diabetes, the kind Deen is suspected of having, is completely preventable. All you need to do is limit the sticks of butter you use, put away the 10-pound bag of sugar and quit putting so much darn mayonnaise on everything.

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