- - Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Deen reveals diabetes diagnosis, teams up with drug maker

Celebrity chef and Food Network star Paula Deen is teaming with drug-maker Novo Nordisk to launch a program that aims to help people live with Type 2 diabetes and promote a Novo diabetes drug.

The program is called Diabetes in a New Light and offers tips on food preparation, stress management and working with doctors on a treatment plan. Recipes and tips can be found at DiabetesInANewLight.com.

Ms. Deen, a paid spokeswoman for Novo Nordisk, said she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes three years ago, but kept quiet about her condition until she had advice to offer the public.


“I wanted to bring something to the table when I came forward,” she said Tuesday during an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show. “I’ve always been one to think that I bring hope.”

When asked if the high-fat, high-calorie recipes she champions can lead to diabetes, she hedged.

“That is part of the puzzle,” she said, but mentioned other factors: genetics, lifestyle, stress and age.

“On my show I share with you all these yummy, fattening recipes, but I tell people, ‘in moderation,’ ” she added. “I’ve always eaten in moderation.”

Government doctors say that being overweight, older than 45 and inactive increase the risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Growth of the disease in the U.S. has been closely tied to escalating obesity rates. About 23 million Americans are believed to have Type 2 diabetes, according to federal estimates.

‘Teen Mom’ star arrested for second time in a week

A star of the MTV reality show “Teen Mom 2” has been arrested for the second time in less than a week in southeastern North Carolina.

Jenelle Evans was charged Monday night with violating a domestic violence protection order. Miss Evans was still being held in the Brunswick County jail Tuesday morning, but officials at the jail didn’t have more details on the arrest.

A call to her lawyer was not immediately returned.

The 20-year-old was arrested last week and charged with making harassing phone calls and communicating threats.

Miss Evans also was charged with assault in March. A month later, she received 12 months of probation and community service on a drug paraphernalia charge.

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