Paula Deen to Announce her Type 2 Diabetes

According to various online publications, Paula Deen, the queen of TV southern cooking, will put the rumors to rest on Tuesday, January 17, 2012.  The 64 year old, best-selling cookbook author and Food Network celebrity chef will announce her condition with Al Roker in an interview on the Today Show.  The excessive butter and fried everything obsession may quickly come to an end.

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Of course, this news could severely damage her image, her brand, and her many businesses.  Always known for her shameless promotion of butter, fried foods, fatty foods, and just about everything bad for you - this woman lived it like a devout religion.  It was only a matter of time before such a lifestyle can catch up with your health.  Now, Paula will need to restrategize her entire business model. Although there were rumors that Ms. Deen signed a multi-million dollar spokeswomen contract with pharmaceutical company, Novartis, this was later proven to be untrue

Not so coincidentally, one of Paula's sons, Bobby Deen, just launched a new show in the Cooking Channel called, Not My Mama's Meals, offering healthy versions of the notoriously calorie clad dishes from his mother.  She'll be needing those recipes these days, as her legendary culinary creations will be forever off her list.

Type 2 Diabetes is the most common version of the disease.  Diabetes is a disease that develops over time, and occurs when many body cells build a resistance to the naturally occurring insulin in our bodies.  As a result, the sugars in our blood cannot penetrate those body cells, causing high blood sugar levels.  Long term complications of high blood sugar levels can include heart attack, stroke, poor blood circulation resulting in limb amputation, retina damage, and kidney failure, just to name a few.  For more information about symptoms, treatment, testing and other statistics, take a look at the United States National Library of Medicine.

Now, the likes of Anthony Bourdain, among other scrutinizers, are perhaps having the last laugh.  Bourdain, known for his sharp tongue and witty commentary on the Travel Channel's No Reservations and The Layover, said the following about the southern cooking star in a TV Guide interview: "The worst, most dangerous person to America is clearly Paula Deen... If I were on at seven at night and loved by millions of people at every age, I would think twice before telling an already obese nation that it's OK to eat food that is killing us."

Occasional indulgence is perfectly normal, and healthy.  A lifestyle of it, however, can prove life threatening.  An old phrase that rings truth, to this day, "You are what you eat."

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