Diabetes: Change Your Diet or Take a Shot?

Paula Deen has recently “come out of the closet” about having Type 2 Diabetes.  She was diagnosed 3 years ago and has attempted to keep it private until now.  Conveniently, she is also the new spokeswoman for the company who manufactures her diabetes medication.  It’s apparent that having diabetes could be a stigma for her brand, as if fewer people would want to use her recipes out of fear that they too might get diabetes.  Seems like a reasonable connection to me.  Now it’s as if she’s saying, “it’s fine that I have diabetes because all I have to do is take that magic pill”… the pill (or, in this case, shot) that’s paying her bills too, of course.

What’s wrong with this picture? 

A lot!

The article starts with the title, “Paula Deen: Diabetes Diagnosis Won’t Change How I Cook.”  She is a brand.  She should be a responsible role model.  The message she is sending is totally whacked out!  She’s saying that she will still cook the same, but will continue to eat in moderation as she always has done.  The reality is that if you cook something, you are most likely going to eat it.  A good rule of thumb is: if you shouldn’t or can’t eat it, don’t buy it, and especially don’t cook it.

Let me ask you this question.  If you found out you had type 2 diabetes (or if you actually have it) would you rather treat it at the source of the problem, or would you rather mask the problem with something that will probably cause side effects and other problems?

I know I would choose to treat a problem of food with food.  No drugs.  No surgeries.  Just food.  In a matter of weeks we have helped people get off of their insulin, cut their meds in half, and avoid having to start medications.  This is a gift.  It’s not a miracle.  It’s just learning the source of the problem and dealing with that.  How do I know that it works?  Because I’ve seen it happen, again and again.

What would you choose?

Remember, it’s your body, and it’s the only one you have.

2 comments on “Diabetes: Change Your Diet or Take a Shot?

  1. It’s really unbelievable that she takes no responsibility. Yes, she most likely has a genetic predisposition to type II diabetes, but lifestyle modifications can reduce the symptoms to nearly non-existant. It’s baffling that people are so much more willing to take strong medication rather than change their diet.
    Sara from http://www.losingtogether.com

    • I agree! It looks like she’s taking a lot of heat for it too. I don’t get it either. There is so much we can do through healthy eating. Thanks for stopping by, Sara!

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