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Should Paula Deen have shared about her diabetes earlier?
Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP posted:
Hi everyone. I'm curious about your thoughts on Paula Deen's decision not to share that she had type 2 diabetes two years ago. There's a heap of controversy in the media about this. Many folks felt it was dishonest for her not to share this while she's still cooking up the kind of food that contributes to diabetes. Others are troubled by the fact that despite the diagnosis it appears she's chosen to take the medication and not to change her weight or incorporate healthy lifestyle habits. Meanwhile, her son is doing all of that with his show about cooking healthy. Her new role as a spokesperson for a pharma for diabetes drugs throws another wrench in the mix. Other folks could care less and keep cooking' and eaten' her recipes.

What's your take on the Paula Deen scenario?

Dr. Peeke
jis4judy responded:
Hi Dr Peeke My take on Paula Dean is her body her choice /
she really dosn't owe anyone any info on her health .
She did appear on Dr Oz and disclosed her health issue there ..she is entertaining to many but anyone that would cook the things she does is makeing a health error..
too much butter!
Hugs Judy:)
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life may not be the party we expected but while we are here we may as well dance!
Anon_130687 replied to jis4judy's response:
She's a public figure - I feel that keeping her diagnosis and medication from her adoring fans is slightly deceptive - especially since diabetes is often directly related to lifestyle choices.

It also seemed a bit slimy that she had a multi-million dollar deal lined up with big pharma before her announcement.

I hope she gets healthy and encourages her fans to eat better and GET SOME EXERCISE!

abnersmom responded:
Hi Dr. Peeke,

Like Judy, her health problems are her own business. She has NEVER pretended to be a "healthy" cook. I find her entertaining, but I can say that I have never cooked any of her recipes in the past and certainly wouldn't now. I can see why people might think that her cooking should have reflected her health concerns in the past couple of years, but just like people in the nutrition/food industry making money off of the myriad of health fads, she's in the food entertainment business....

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