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The queen of Southern cooking and author of numerous cookbooks disclosed Tuesday that she’s had Type 2 diabetes for three years while promoting high-fat, high-sugar recipes as usual on her Food Network TV shows. She also said Tuesday that she’d signed on as the face of a new diabetes health initiative sponsored by Novo Nordisk, the company that makes Victoza, a noninsulin injectable medication she now takes.
In a segment of ABC’s food chat show “The Chew” that aired Wednesday, Deen said she and her two grown sons, Bobby and Jamie, are working with the drug company’s Diabetes in a New Light campaign “because we, like everybody else, have to work.”
“People may benefit from seeing how others successfully manage Type 2 diabetes,” Spollett said. “Paula Deen, through her work with Diabetes in a New Light, is likely to inspire many people living with Type 2 diabetes to take a more positive approach to their diabetes care.”
Bobby Deen told “The Chew” his family’s participation in the Novo Nordisk campaign is “a good thing, a totally positive thing.”
Paula Deen is contributing healthy recipes to the Diabetes in a New Light site, but said that on her shows, she plans no major changes to the high-calorie, high-fat gooey and fried comfort food that made her a star.
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