Even if you never said it out loud, you probably always suspected that Paula Deen, the Food Network star whose favorite ingredients are butter, sugar and more butter, couldn’t possibly be the picture of good health. The Associated Press is reporting this morning that Deen has confirmed that she has type 2 diabetes—a diagnosis she received three years ago but has kept quiet—and is teaming up with drug maker Novo Nordisk to launch a program aimed at helping people live with the condition. A paid spokesperson for the company, she’ll also promote a Novo diabetes drug.
Deen sat down for an interview this morning on NBC’s the Today show to talk about type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease in the U.S.; of the estimated 26 million adults and children who have diabetes, about 90 percent have type 2. When asked if her recipes, which are high in calories and fat, can lead to the disease, Deen admitted, “That is part of the puzzle,” but quickly added that other factors, like stress and genetics, come into play, too.
It’s interesting to note that Deen’s son, Bobby, recently launched a new show on the Cooking Channel, called Not My Momma’s Meals, in which he takes his mother’s classic dishes—fried chicken, mac-and-cheese—and offers lighter versions. In an interview with USA Today, Bobby says, “Although my mother does cook traditional for 30 minutes each day (on TV), she only eats that way in moderation and encourages her viewers to do the same.”
Dana Herbert. Image courtesy of Discovery
With the philosophy of “Glam More, Fear Less,” the Divabetic club empowers women to take control of their diabetes and enhance their quality of life to diva status. Each month, they hold support meetings alongside the American Diabetes Association and Jefferson’s Center for Urban Health. Get to the Jefferson Alumni Hall on December 15th for “Healthy Holidays,” a cooking demo featuring Dana Herbert, winner of TLC’s Next Great Baker. Along with educational games and some Q&A, the demo will teach diabetics and those who care for them how to stay healthy amidst the holidays’ sweetest temptations. Visit the site to register.
Free, December 15, noon to 1 p.m., Jefferson Alumni Hall, first floor Eakins Lounge, 10th and Locust Streets.
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Unmonitored diabetes can lead to devastating problems like blindness, kidney damage and lower-limb amputation. Luckily, simple changes in lifestyle can reap major benefits in controlling symptoms. On November 10th, healthcare professionals from Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals will host a free afternoon seminar on living with diabetes at Methodist Hospital on South Broad Street. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed, come learn how this disease attacks the body and how to combat it by controlling blood sugar with a healthy diet. Visit the event page for registration info.
Free, November 10, 2:30 – 4 p.m., Doctors Dining Room, Methodist Hospital, 2301 South Broad Street, 215-952-9000.
Sign up to walk, volunteer, or donate to the October 1 event
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website provides state maps that color code each county by its diabetes incidence. Light orange means a low rate; darker shades, a high one. Pull up PA’s map, and there sits Philadelphia in the lower right corner, a small but conspicuous dark red blob.
Tied with four other counties, it has one of the highest rates in the state, with roughly one diabetic per nine Philadelphians. Today, diabetes surpasses both AIDS and breast cancer as one of nation’s deadliest diseases.
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In 2010, Philadelphia County was home to 655,800 people living with diabetes and spent $6 billion in related medical and non-medical costs, making up nearly half of Pennsylvania’s $12.4 billion expenditure on the disease. That seems staggering, but the number is not really surprising when you consider 24 percent of PA adults were considered obese back in 2005. By 2025, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts a 44 percent increase in the number of diabetes sufferers, bringing the cost up to $9.1 billion for our county alone. Read more »
You may think you’re doing yourself a favor when you trade a can of aspartame-sweetened soda for the high-fructose type, but you’re actually setting yourself up for a big gut—plus diabetes. A pair of recent studies shows that artificial sweeteners may be “free of calories but not of consequences,” says Helen P. Hazuda, of the University of Texas’s school of medicine. Read more »