Paula Deen to Confirm Diabetes Rumors Tuesday

Celebrity chef Paula Deen has been made famous for her comfort food-style recipes full of fried fare, butter and fat, but the health effects of her cooking may have caught up with her. According to Us Weekly, the 64-year-old Deen is planning to confirm rumors that she has been diagnosed with type two diabetes during a “Today Show” interview with Al Roker next Tuesday.

“She’s going to have to start cooking healthier recipes,” a source told The Daily. “She can’t keep pushing mac and cheese and deep-fried Twinkies.”

Rumors regarding Deen’s health first emerged last spring with the National Enquirer reported that the celebrity chef had been diagnosed with diabetes, linked with obesity concerns. Now CBS News is reporting that Deen has already begun to change her cooking style and plans to start providing healthier options at her Georgia restaurant, The Lady & Sons.

It was also rumored that Deen, who has published five controversial cookbooks full of her Southern dishes, has signed on to become the spokeswoman for a Novartis drug designed to treat diabetes. Novartis, however, told CBS News on Friday afternoon that these rumors were false and that the company hasn’t signed anything with the chef.

Deen’s son, Bobby Deen, is already helping to lead the change toward healthier food. Earlier in the month, he began a cooking series of his own. “Not My Mama’s Meals,” which debuted on the Cooking Channel, features Deen preparing healthier versions of his mother’s recipes.

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