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Paula Deen Has Diabetes (Video)

Stop the presses! The queen of butter has announced on the Today Show that she has type 2 diabetes.

In an exclusive interview with Al Roker, Deen confided that she knew about the diagnosis for three years but decided to keep the news "close to my chest." 

Rumors have been swirling about Deen's diabetes for years, but this is the first time Deen has confirmed the diagnosis.

Deen seized the opportunity to announce the start of a new partnership

with Novo Nordisk, the pharmaceutical company that supplies her diabetes

medication. She's going to be its new spokesperson in an ad campaign

that will launch later this month.

When Roker asked her if she

felt that the diabetes would damage her reputation in the kitchen, Deen

replied, "People are not going to quit eating. I wanted to bring

something to the table, and I've always been one to think I could bring


Deen also said that she's always encouraged moderation

during her cooking shows. "Here's the thing. I've always encouraged

moderation. I've shared

yummy fattening recipes, and they show butter, but I've always eaten in moderation. When I film my show, that's only 30 days out of 365, and it's for


We suspect Deen's shows will turn toward healthier eating trends, but we've gotta say -- we'll certainly miss the butter. Watch the interview here:

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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