Paula Deen Confirms She Has Type 2 Diabetes

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Paula Deen made her mark on the culinary world with recipes that don't skimp on cheese, cream, sugar and butter. In massive quantities, many times.

In confirming a report that Paul Deen has Type 2 Diabetes, the Food Network star says it won't stop her from living - and eating - the way she wants.

"I was determined to share my positive approach and not let diabetes stand in the way of enjoying my life," the 64-year-old Deen said Tuesday.

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Announcing her launch of Diabetes in a New Lightâ„¢, geared toward finding "simple ways" to manage challenges of the disease, she said the following:

"I'm excited to team up with Novo Nordisk on this initiative to show that managing diabetes does not have to stop you from enjoying things you love."

Deen takes Victoza - a once-daily, non-insulin injection - and continues to "make lifestyle adjustments, including lightened-up versions of her favorite recipes."

The National Enquirer first reported Deen's diabetes way back in April 2010, but she never confirmed or denied that health diagnosis until now.

Just last summer, Anthony Bourdain called her the "most dangerous person to America" who's "proud of the fact that her food is f------ bad for you."

As news leaked she was making the announcement regarding her health, Bourdain was inundated with people "looking for quotes."

And he says he "takes no pleasure" in her news, telling Eater (dot) com, he suspects she's known for a long time and been looking for a way "to position herself."

"When your signature dish is hamburger in between a doughnut, and you've been cheerfully selling this stuff knowing all along that you've got Type 2 Diabetes ... It's in bad taste if nothing else," he said. "How long has she known? I suspect a very long time."


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