Surprised by Paula Deen's Diabetes Announcement?

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Surprised by Paula Deen's Diabetes Announcement?
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Tue, 01-17-2012 - 1:25pm

For those who know and love Paula Deen and her Southern-fried cooking, it's probably no suprise that she has diabetes. From the sounds of this article, she's dealing with it well and wants to help others do the same...

"Diabetes is a dangerous condition -- it ups your risk for heart disease, nerve pain, kidney disease and the list goes on. The best way to lower that risk is to control your blood sugar consistently. So while some fans feel betrayed that Deen took so long to fess up, Deen is using her personal experience with managing diabetes to launch Diabetes in a New Light..."

Read more here~
http://www.ivillage.com/paula-deen-has-diabetes/4-a-418674

Anyone use Paula Deen recipes? Were you surprised by the recent announcement, or the fact that she kept it secret for so long? I wish her well. I hope that others who eat like she did will be inspired to change their diets a bit.

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Registered: 01-31-2001
I had not heard this. Diabetes is a growing trend with modern lifestyles. Always learning more about it. A friend came by to a party and I was about to make her a gin and tonic as I know she drinks that, but she pulled out her own...gin and tonic with a squeeze on lemon, but 1/3 of the tonic was replaced with soda water to cut the sugar....ummm that would be club soda to you. I will have to remember that for next time.
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Registered: 12-31-1998
I hadn't heard this.

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Registered: 10-31-2001
Yes I did hear this on the news...Hope she's able to change her cooking/eating habits. Will be hard but I'm sure she's getting lots of help from family and friends.
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Registered: 11-18-2008
She looked a little thinner in the most recent photo I saw. One of our editors is supposed to be interviewing her soon. I'm interested to see what she has to say about how she's changed her diet. I wish she'd "come out" with the news earlier. I'm sure she could have been inspiring a lot of people all this time. But, I guess she is entitled to a bit of privacy!
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I just don't know why everyone is making a big deal of it

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Registered: 10-31-2001
True...I've seen all kinds go negitive talk about her keeping quiet. I don't think she has to tell the world every little thing!
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Registered: 10-17-2000
I agree, I've heard a lot of people were upset that she hadn't said something. Just because you are a public figure, doesn't man the public needs to know all of the details of your personal life. Do people really think it is there business what anyone other than themselves or a family member is diagnosed with, how they chose to treat it & who they share the info with? I don't. I'm sure we will see changes in her cooking that will reflect her diabetes & I'm sure she has been working on it.


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Registered: 01-31-2001
It will be interesting to watch how her cooking evolves.
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I agree, Kim. And I think whenever someone, celebrity or not, is diagnosed with a life-altering disease it takes time to adjust, not just physically but mentally.

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Registered: 10-31-2001
Yes! I think she'll still have all the fans she's had with or without all that "butter" in her cooking lol.

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