As Southern celebrity chef Paula Deen certainly knows by now, people with Type 2
are routinely blamed for causing their disease by eating junky food and making unhealthy lifestyle choices.
Known for high fat recipes that raise the risk for
-- and that she has partnered with Novo Nordisk in a campaign to promote their drug Victoza -- has branded her as a hypocrite and made her the butt of many jokes.
But over at the Website
, Amy Tenderich points out that people who live with diabetes every day were quicker to show Dean some support.
With Type 2 diabetes -- formerly known as “adult-onset diabetes” -- people have trouble putting
to use in the body to metabolize dietary sugars. Obesity is a major risk factor, and diet, exercise and medication can help prevent the condition in people at risk or treat the disease once it develops.
But it also has a strong
component, which explains why although more than 30 percent of Americans are obese, but only 10 percent have Type 2 diabetes, Tenderich said. And Deen has said there are others in her family who eat like she does, but they haven't been diagnosed.
“There's a lock and a key,” said obesity specialist David Edelson, an assistant clinical professor of medicine at
College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York in my recent story, “
“The key is a bad lifestyle that leads to weight gain around the gut.”
Will drugs help?
Still, Tenderich said we should probably be paying more attention to the medication Deen is promoting. Last summer,
about animal studies showing the possible risks of thyroid
and pancreatitis from using Victoza. Meanwhile, on
over at Diabetes Mine, more than 1,025 readers have commented about the severe gastrointestinal side effects from the drug, including nausea, gas pains and constipation.
Tenderich, diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as an adult – which means her
doesn’t produce enough insulin and eating a
won’t change her diagnosis -- isn’t interested in calling Deen a hypocrite.