Known for her rich Southern recipes, Paula Deen has had to decline sweet tea and pecan pie herself for years now—though she only today confirmed that she has type 2 diabetes. “I felt like I had nothing to offer anybody other than the announcement,” Deen, the host of Food Network’s Paula’s Best Dishes, told USA Today. “I wasn’t armed with enough knowledge. I knew when it was time, it would be in God’s time.” Deen’s detractors, including the globe-trotting Anthony Bourdain, have criticized Deen for keeping her disease secret for three years while continuing to serve up high-calorie fare. As if to make amends, 64-year-old Deen said she’ll be launching a campaign called “Diabetes in a New Light” in conjunction with drug maker Novo Nordisk.
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