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Outcry Over Paula Deen’s Diabetes

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So Paula Deen announced she has diabetes. When I heard that I was like, “What terrible news!” But then I heard a lot of people were like, “She got what she deserves” and so on and so forth. I’m sorry, but that is just a crappy attitude to have. I mean, yeah, she cooks with a lot of butter and fries things sometimes, but she doesn’t say eat like this DAILY. And, frankly, a lot of people watch her shows, buy her cookbooks, and go to her restaurant so she is doing something that the American public wants. It is kind of like saying that Sandra Lee promotes alcoholism since she makes a mixed drink on every one of her shows. I don’t think she does promote alcoholism, but I know she makes those drinks up!

I am glad that Paula is bringing to light such a prevalent disease. It affects a lot more people than any of us would think. And maybe her providing information about diabetes will help many. It can be a difficult disease for some and for others they can manage it quite easily. Some people require insulin shots. Other people might be able to control it through diet and exercise. By getting that information out there, she is helping many.

Diabetes does not have to be a death sentence, but it can be if not treated properly. If you want more information on it, you can go to http://www.eatright.org/ which is the American Dietetic Association’s web page. There is also an American Diabetes Association website http://www.diabetes.org where you can find information regarding diabetes as well as ways to fight it such as healthy recipes.

If you are wondering what the symptoms of diabetes are, they can include the following:

Type 1 Diabetes

  • Frequent urination
  • Unusual thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue and Irritability

Type 2 Diabetes*

  • Any of the type 1 symptoms
  • Frequent infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
  • Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections

*Often people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms

Some people have some of these symptoms and attribute them to something else. Unless you are a medical professional or have been tested, don’t risk it. These are just symptoms. You can go to the doctor and have your blood drawn and tested to determine if you have diabetes or not. It’s typical that you need to fast about 12 hours before the blood draw in order for the test to be accurate.

Why is this such a big deal for me? Many of relatives have or have had diabetes. My mother was a diabetic. She also had coronary artery disease, which we didn’t know until after she died. (She died at the age of 49.) I don’t want others to be untreated for too long. When Mama found out she had diabetes, it was amazing. She was able to get her blood sugar under control through diet and exercise. Unfortunately, the coronary artery disease had already taken its toll. Please take care of yourselves.

If it takes hearing it from a celebrity to get you thinking, then hallelujah! At least you are thinking about it. Thank you, Paula Deen, for bringing to light something that affects so many. I do not think you deserve diabetes. No one “deserves” a disease. I think you are doing something important by bringing to light something that affects so many. And for any of the people who are criticizing Paula, maybe you should do something my Mama taught me: If you ain’t got somethin’ nice to say, don’t say nuthin’ at all!

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