Thursday, January 19, 2012

Food Connection to Diabetes

Paula Deen, the TV chef known for her fattening southern cooking, announced this week that she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes three years ago. Here's the video clip from the Today show. Is anyone really surprised?

While type 2 diabetes has a genetic predisposition, being overweight is strongly linked to developing the disease. Rates of diabetes have increased in the past 50 years with increasing obesity rates. On the Today show, Paula Deen seemed to be in denial that her "southern" diet may have been a leading factor in her developing the disease. She said that she's always preached moderation in eating the fattening foods that she cooks. Moderation obviously didn't work for her because she is overweight and now has diabetes.

I think that Paula Deen could really take this opportunity to be a spokesperson for diabetes prevention, instead of for a diabetes drug. She can use her celebrity role and cooking show to come out with healthier southern recipes to encourage those at risk to take steps to prevent developing type 2 diabetes.

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