Paula Deen confirmed Tuesday on The Today Show that she suffers from Type 2 diabetes--and that she was diagnosed three years ago. The celebrity chef and Food Network star, who is well known for indulgent Southern-style cooking, has parlayed her condition into being a pitch-woman for Novo Nordisk, a maker of diabetes drugs.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease. People that suffer from Type 2 diabetes have high levels of blood sugar, from which many complications can result, including fatigue, vision problems, foot and skin infections, nerve damage, and kidney damage. Managing one's blood sugar is extremely important to a Type 2 diabetes patient, and careful attention to diet is one of the ways to help manage the disease. Deen said that while she demonstrates high calorie and fried and fatty foods on her television appearances, that she recommends moderation in consuming them. She said on Today that she would also be "adding a little bit of a lighter touch," to some of her recipes.
Deen's deal with Novo Nordisk has her promoting that company's diabetes management drugs through a program called "Diabetes in a New Light." The site, Diabetesinanewlight.com, has recipes from Deen as well as other suggestions for living with Type 2 diabetes.
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