Monday, January 16, 2012

TV Chef Paula Deen Has Diabetes

I'm moving this post to the top because I added the video from the Food Network of Paula Deen making her Lady's Brunch Burger.

TV Chef Famous For Southern-Fried Decadence To Reveal She Has Diabetes, The Daily

The thing about type 2 diabetes is that, from my experience working with clinicians, it exists and is easily detected as prediabetes for many years - at which stage it can be reversed. Once there is a full-blown diagnosis of diabetes, it is harder to turn around. The beta cells, from where insulin is secreted in the pancreas, may have lost considerable function by then.

Related post: Paula Deen, After Being Told She Had Diabetes, "I Wasn't About To Change My Life!"
Thank you, shaun.


Angela and Melinda said...

Having lived in the south, I think I can safely say, "No surprises there."

Bix said...

I read that she's going to say something on Tuesday about it. It's a great teachable moment ... about diet and diabetes. I hope she takes advantage of it.

Laurie Endicott Thomas said...

Type 2 diabetes is the result of insulin resistance, not failure to produce insulin. Many people with type 2 diabetes have abnormally high levels of insulin in their bloodstream. Type 2 diabetes is easily reversible.

Bix said...

Usually, by the time someone is diagnosed, there is concomitant loss of function of beta cells. At least that is what I have been taught.

Here's one study:

Deteriorating beta‐cell function in type 2 diabetes: a long‐term model

"There is consensus on the primary role of secretory dysfunction from the time that hyperglycaemia is established."

"Regardless of the particular aetiology of a patient's metabolic dysfunction (whether from genetic predisposition, dietary excess, or other causes), once insulin insensitivity is established, a common bio‐regulatory dysfunction may be responsible for precipitating the fully developed stage of type 2 diabetes mellitus, characterized by rapid and apparently irreversible loss of pancreatic insulin production capacity."

Here's a 3-minute video from The Endocrine Society:
Beta Cells In Type 2 Diabetes

Bix said...

Paula Deen to discuss health rumors on TODAY Tuesday

michael plunkett said...

It is not the butter that did her or anyone in. In fact food does not cause diabetes but if you have Pre-D a high carb diet will push you into full blown. It is not the fat but the carbs, I'm afraid she will set back the truth about diabetes and food twenty years.

Bix said...

You sound certain, Michael. I wish I had that certainty. I think food contributes to diabetes. I think there are non-food factors that contribute too, some in food, some outside of it.