Deen Confirms Diabetes, Partners With Drugmaker

Paula wants to show American public 'simple ways' to cope with disease

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 17, 2012 7:16 AM CST | Updated Jan 17, 2012 8:40 AM CST

(Newser) – It's as official as it is unshocking: Butter-slinging celeb chef Paula Deen—she who combined a Krispy Kreme doughnut, hamburger, bacon, and fried egg and called it breakfast—confirms that she has Type 2 diabetes. But she's determined to make something positive out of the diagnosis, like maybe a profit: Deen is today unveiling a partnership with drugmaker Novo Nordisk to emphasize "simple ways" to manage the disease, reports People. "I was determined to share my positive approach and not let diabetes stand in the way of enjoying my life," Deen says.

"I'm excited to team up with Novo Nordisk on this initiative to show others that managing diabetes does not have to stop you from enjoying the things you love," says Deen, who maintains that she's still going to eat the way she wants, albeit with daily doses of Victoza and "lifestyle adjustments, including lightened-up versions of her favorite recipes." Deen critic Anthony Bourdain, who famously called her "the worst, most dangerous person in America," says he "takes no pleasure" in the news. But he's not exactly sympathetic, either: When "you've been cheerfully selling this stuff knowing all along that you've got Type 2 diabetes ... it's in bad taste if nothing else. How long has she known? I suspect a very long time." Deen this morning confirmed on the Today show that she has known about her diagnosis for three years, saying: "Honey, I'm your cook, not your doctor. I've always encouraged moderation."

In this Dec. 30, 2010 photo, Paula Deen speaks in Pasadena, Calif.
In this Dec. 30, 2010 photo, Paula Deen speaks in Pasadena, Calif.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
In this April 7, 2010 file photo, television personality Paula Deen poses for a portrait in New York.
In this April 7, 2010 file photo, television personality Paula Deen poses for a portrait in New York.   (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen, file)
Chef Paula Deen waits to make an appearance on NBC's Today program, Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, in Miami Beach, Fla.
Chef Paula Deen waits to make an appearance on NBC's "Today" program, Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, in Miami Beach, Fla.   (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)
This book cover shows Cookbook for The Lunch-Box Set, by Paula Deen, Susan Mitchell, illustrator, and Martha Nesbit, contributor.
This book cover shows "Cookbook for The Lunch-Box Set," by Paula Deen, Susan Mitchell, illustrator, and Martha Nesbit, contributor.   (AP Photo/Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)
Chef Anthony Bourdain has called Deen the most dangerous person in America.
Chef Anthony Bourdain has called Deen the most dangerous person in America.   (Getty Images)
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