Television food personality Paula Deen, known for her unhealthy recipes laden with fat and sugar, raised eyebrows earlier this year when she announced that she had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes three years ago and was coming forward as a spokesperson for a new diabetes medication.
Critics said she was a hypocrite, promoting unhealthy recipes while suffering from a chronic disease caused by a poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle. It didn’t help that type 2 diabetes is on the rise, paralleling the nation’s obesity epidemic.
Deen stood firm, saying she would start taming her butter-and-sugar-packed recipes, and that she was even taking measures to live a healthier lifestyle, along with continuing on her diabetes drug, Vicoza made by Novo Nordisk. Now, five months later, she is making right on that claim. The TV personality is on the cover of People magazine this month showing off her 30-pounds-lighter frame.
But people should not be fooled that diabetes medications are the secret to weight loss and a fast cure for problems associated with diabetes. Diabetes treatments carry their own risks.
In 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) severely restricted the use of the type 2 diabetes drug Avandia after studies linked it to fatal heart attacks. Then the FDA warned that Actos had been linked to bladder cancer. Even Deen’s drug of choice, Victoza, isn’t without serious warnings. Her drug increases the risk for thyroid cancer.
Source: Oregon Live