Paula Deen And Diabetes Control
The illness is most often seen as a progressive condition that leads to deadly consequences, and in all too many cases, that’s true. But it’s also possible to control and even (some say) reverse the condition.
Deen started her personal anti-diabetes campaign by deciding to lose weight, since one of the big risk factors in developing type 2 diabetes is weight gain. In a recent interview she told “People” magazine, "I'm redoing the way my plate looks. I'm doubling up on salad or vegetables and putting smaller portions of carbs and all that. I try to walk 30 minutes a day.” Exercise also helps control diabetes.
She’s also learned to eat enough healthy meals to keep her feeling full. “I was bad about missing breakfast,” she told the magazine. Now, she relies on low-fat smoothies (fresh fruit blended with artificial sweetener) to kick-start her day.
It’s paid off. The southern chef has gone from a size 18 to a slimming size 10. But that’s not all. Deen, who gives herself an injection to help control her sugar levels, says she’s also feeling heaps better: sleeping more soundly and enjoying a boost in energy.
Doctors say with significant weight loss, some folks with Type 2 diabetes can go into remission, regain normal blood sugar levels and no longer need medication. But if the weight comes back, so does the diabetes.
For now, Deen is determined to follow doctor’s orders – take her insulin, exercise, watch her weight and kiss the coconut cake goodbye.
Robin Westen is ThirdAge’s Medical Director. Her latest book, co-authored with Dr. Alyssa Dweck, is “V is for Vagina.”