Normally, I really feel for people when they are diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, but Paula has made a deal to promote Victoza, a drug you take if you develop this disease, giving the impression it’s totally OK to cook and eat the way she shows us, and nothing bad will happen. Oh, Yeah?



Well, according to, the common side effects of Victoza are: constipation; decreased appetite; diarrhea; dizziness; headache; mild back pain; nausea; pain, swelling, or redness at the injection site; sinus inflammation; sore throat; upset stomach; vomiting. That doesn’t sound like much fun.



Now, most people crucify Paula Deen for using too much fat butter. And now that this whole Diabetes thing has happened, some Doctors and Nutritionist are going “See, I told you so! She ate too much fat and look what happened!” I agree that eating excessive amounts of bad fat (see my blog on Don’t Be Fat Phobic) is not great and any trans fat is absolutely horrible, but…



SERIOUSLY? You are a Health Care professional and you think the Diabetes was caused by too much fat?!?!?!? Ok, perhaps you ate too much pasta, had low blood sugar and slept through Insulin Production, 101.



“Today when we eat too many carbohydrates, the pancreas pumps out insulin exactly as the DNA blueprint tell it to (hooray pancreas!), but if the liver and muscle cells are already filled with glycogen, those cells start to become resistant to the call of insulin. The insulin “receptor sites” on the surface of those cells start to decrease in number as well as in efficiency. The term is called “down regulation.” Since the glucose can’t get into the muscle or liver cells, it remains in the bloodstream. Now the pancreas senses there’s still too much toxic glucose in the blood, so it frantically pumps out even more insulin, which causes the insulin receptors on the surface of those cells to become even more resistant, because excess insulin is also toxic! Eventually, the insulin helps the glucose finds it way into your fat cells, where it is stored as fat. Again – because it bears repeating – it’s not fat that gets stored in your fat cells – it’s sugar.” Read more:



What people are missing when they look at Paula Deen’s recipes, or even MacDonald’s for that matter, is the amount of carbohydrates consumed (and trans fat – you should never, ever eat trans fat). So all the low fat/high carb/trans fat packed saltines that are being used in her recipes are the real culprits – as well as biscuits, bagels, donuts, bread, pasta, waffles, pancakes, potatoes, rice, candy bars and other desserts.



So the moral of this don’t be fat phobic but quit eating the carbs, because if you end up with Type II Diabetes, no one is going to pay you to endorse anything, unless you are a celebrity.



P.S. My husband reminded me that 30 years ago it use to be called “Sugar Diabetes”. I guess we knew more back then than we do now.



These recommendations are for the reduction of stress only. They are not intended as treatment or prescription for any disease, or as a substitute for regular medical care.