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Hack Paula Dean has diabetes and it's the butters fault! Really??

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 17, 2012 at 8:21 PM

For the life of me I do not understand how you can blame fat for diabetes? This is straight from Wikipedia:

"Diabetes mellitus, often simply referred to as diabetes, is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar, either because the body does not produce enough insulin, or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced."

Even if you know nothing about how he body works, this simple definition screams sugar causing disease! But the crazy thing is most of the so called experts who are apparently educated about how the body works still want to blame fat. Recently Paula Dean announced she has diabetes, big surprise, and now the media is saying its due to her famously using copious amounts of butter in her recipes. Of course it couldn't possibly be the sugar an flor she is adding the butter too!! During her announcement her sons made a lowfat lasagna with only 250 calories per slice.....the so called experts cheered on the efforts as if the lowfat would help a diabetic but the insulin response from the mainly carbohydrate meal would have no effect.

It's always a picture of the cheeseburger, meatball sub, pizza, or French fries that are shown as causation for diabetes and bad health, but it's burger, meatball, pizza and oil tht is vilified instead of the empty carbs that create an insulin response and induce a negative immune response in the gut.

How can something like diabetes, that has a cause so obvious, be so misunderstood and the misunderstanding be excepted?

5eecec35b0d849efbadd5527465928a0

on January 22, 2012
at 12:10 AM

As was the tea.

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on January 18, 2012
at 11:34 PM

all sweet tea has like a zillion cups of sugar per quart

B1859f696e88d25460a6b8a333412ea3

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on January 18, 2012
at 08:28 PM

If she was drinking Sweet Tea like my mom made it (who's from the south) it was 3/4 cup of sugar per quart.

24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on January 18, 2012
at 06:12 PM

The butter may not have caused the diabetes per se, but it contributed to her insulin resistance that is the ultimate cause of chronic and postprandial hyperglycemia.

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on January 18, 2012
at 03:10 PM

That stupid sweet tea habit. Making blood glucose high all the time to force the blood lipids into storage.

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on January 18, 2012
at 07:17 AM

My mom got cancer and said, 'I'm going to eat more bacon.' At the time, I'd not heard of paleo, and thought (to myself), interesting response, not mine, but you go grrl. My dad was moaning about his pains from high cholesterol, diabetes, and congestive heart failure; and he said 'if only I had known, I would not have eaten so much bacon.' I can tell he's interested in paleo, I suspect it makes intuitive sense to him. But he's not interested in giving up his bread. *sigh* I LOVE the butter wranglers. :9

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on January 18, 2012
at 04:10 AM

I saw that she said she was drinking the sweet tea every day starting at lunch and then throughout the rest of the day. That in itself could have caused it. JFC.

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on January 18, 2012
at 04:00 AM

I'd reverse it. Sugar was the butter delivery device.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 18, 2012
at 03:51 AM

For clarification, I'm not saying Siminerio is right or wrong; I'm not qualified. But if you read several articles about Paula's condition, you saw a variety of different statements re: the causes of diabetes including the "butter" thing. I thought this article tried hard to gather the best available info.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 18, 2012
at 03:49 AM

For clarification, I'm not saying Siminerio is right or wrong; I'm not qualified. But if you read several articles about Paula's condition, you saw a variety of different statements re: the causes of diabetes.

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

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on January 18, 2012
at 03:23 AM

I didn't know this *curses*

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 18, 2012
at 03:11 AM

Resistance to flour, resistance to sugar.....

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on January 18, 2012
at 02:31 AM

Siminerio is spot on.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on January 18, 2012
at 02:30 AM

I'd say the butter is definitely not helping her. To say its sugar, and not fat, etc is too simplistic a view. Developing diabetes is something that comes from an unhealthy lifestyle over all encompassing bad food and bad living.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on January 18, 2012
at 12:21 AM

Yeah, it seems to be high in Scots-Irish populations, which are kind of a British/Celtic stock that came from Northern Ireland mainly and settled much of the South.

1096aa84d006fe967128ffbd37e8070e

(1002)

on January 17, 2012
at 11:57 PM

I totally agree!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 17, 2012
at 11:18 PM

Fat increases carbohydrate palateability and vice versa. Makes sense to me!

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

(1811)

on January 17, 2012
at 10:58 PM

Agree with the many factors. Stephan Guyenet & Carbsane both suggest that it's all these things put together that seem to cause diabetes. I am also from similar stock to yourself (I think - Irish/Gaelic) and suffer early onset type 2 diabetes. For me personally, I feel that it was the lifestyle I was living in London - too much eating out (O6 fats/trans fats), my love of pasta and crisps (potato chips)! Working long hours and feeling too tired to do exercise after work.

778b36f4f699f202de135ef176fe9ab7

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on January 17, 2012
at 10:50 PM

I would give you two up votes for that ;)

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on January 17, 2012
at 09:47 PM

I bet she could completely reverse it with resistance training.

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on January 17, 2012
at 09:27 PM

Bwahahahahhahahahhahahahha! Sure, let's blame it on the butter. Because butter contains soooo much sugar. Yes, that's the ticket. Must be all those sucrose molecules in butter. EPIC FAIL!

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

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on January 17, 2012
at 09:21 PM

Holy Makarel, Krispy kreme donuts + a stick butter + 1lb confectioners sugar + sweetened condensed milk, fruit cocktail and dark rum. Back of the napkin calories? About 800 per mouth full, half fat half sugar, and not the good kinds either.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on January 17, 2012
at 09:16 PM

yeah, that's why I totally have diabetes. And my mother. And my father. And my grandmother. And Danny Roddy. And Stephen Guyenet. And Steffan Lindeberg. All the coconut oil and yams/orange juice clearly equals death.

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

(6719)

on January 17, 2012
at 09:12 PM

Probably when you exceed your 1200 calorie BMR for months on end by eating Paula Deen meals 6x per day. But no carbs after 6pm mmmKay?

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on January 17, 2012
at 09:07 PM

How long until I get fat eating this way?

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on January 17, 2012
at 08:48 PM

Paula Deen is someone who makes food like this: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/donut-bread-pudding-recipe/index.html

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

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on January 17, 2012
at 08:47 PM

"How can something like diabetes, that has a cause so obvious, be so misunderstood and the misunderstanding be excepted?" Because Deen is a PAID spokesperson for Novo Nordisk, which manufactures Victoza, which is used to treat Type II diabetes. Its all about the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Emphasis on '$'

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

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on January 17, 2012
at 08:32 PM

i was going to say this too, the fat probably helped her!! ironic indeed

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on January 17, 2012
at 08:26 PM

Who is Paula Dean??

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F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on January 17, 2012
at 08:28 PM

I saw her on the Today Show this morning. She said her dietary changes were that she had to quit drinking sweet tea and eats "less" bread.

But then the recipes she made all were low-fat. Totally ludicrous.

And I know she was known as the "butter queen" but all of her recipes were loaded with sugar and carbs. The fat from the butter was probably what kept her from keeling over from hyperglycemia.

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

(661)

on January 17, 2012
at 08:32 PM

i was going to say this too, the fat probably helped her!! ironic indeed

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(10611)

on January 18, 2012
at 03:10 PM

That stupid sweet tea habit. Making blood glucose high all the time to force the blood lipids into storage.

B1859f696e88d25460a6b8a333412ea3

(837)

on January 18, 2012
at 08:28 PM

If she was drinking Sweet Tea like my mom made it (who's from the south) it was 3/4 cup of sugar per quart.

1096aa84d006fe967128ffbd37e8070e

(1002)

on January 17, 2012
at 11:57 PM

I totally agree!

Medium avatar

(2301)

on January 18, 2012
at 04:10 AM

I saw that she said she was drinking the sweet tea every day starting at lunch and then throughout the rest of the day. That in itself could have caused it. JFC.

24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on January 18, 2012
at 06:12 PM

The butter may not have caused the diabetes per se, but it contributed to her insulin resistance that is the ultimate cause of chronic and postprandial hyperglycemia.

Medium avatar

(2301)

on January 18, 2012
at 11:34 PM

all sweet tea has like a zillion cups of sugar per quart

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on January 17, 2012
at 10:37 PM

Butter was just a sugar delivery device more than likely.

778b36f4f699f202de135ef176fe9ab7

(1123)

on January 17, 2012
at 10:50 PM

I would give you two up votes for that ;)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on January 17, 2012
at 11:18 PM

Fat increases carbohydrate palateability and vice versa. Makes sense to me!

Medium avatar

(10611)

on January 18, 2012
at 04:00 AM

I'd reverse it. Sugar was the butter delivery device.

5eecec35b0d849efbadd5527465928a0

on January 22, 2012
at 12:10 AM

As was the tea.

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on January 17, 2012
at 09:21 PM

It's probably a good idea to read Stephen Guyenet's insulin resistance series, which I think is the best exploration I've seen online of the many factors at play: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/search/label/diabetes

Unfortunately, Paula ended up with ALL of them. Large amounts of sugar. Excess calories. Micronutrient malnutrition. Inflammation from high omega-6 consumption and probably from gluten consumption. Probably little to no exercise. And coming from similar genetic stock, it might be that she and I share some SNPs related to higher t2 diabetes risk. However, I'm not planning to trip that switch. The people in my family who have diabetes all eat like Paula, the people who don't primarily eat a whole foods diet, but vary in total carb content.

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

(661)

on January 18, 2012
at 03:23 AM

I didn't know this *curses*

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on January 18, 2012
at 12:21 AM

Yeah, it seems to be high in Scots-Irish populations, which are kind of a British/Celtic stock that came from Northern Ireland mainly and settled much of the South.

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

(1811)

on January 17, 2012
at 10:58 PM

Agree with the many factors. Stephan Guyenet & Carbsane both suggest that it's all these things put together that seem to cause diabetes. I am also from similar stock to yourself (I think - Irish/Gaelic) and suffer early onset type 2 diabetes. For me personally, I feel that it was the lifestyle I was living in London - too much eating out (O6 fats/trans fats), my love of pasta and crisps (potato chips)! Working long hours and feeling too tired to do exercise after work.

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A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on January 18, 2012
at 02:53 AM

Paula Deen's entire livelihood is based on the cheerful southern sprite who eats anything and everything without compunction. She has a brand to protect, so she can't very easily suddenly shift gears--or so it might seem.

Ironically, were she to embrace a paleo-type diet (perhaps with some allowances for dairy, and amounts of fruit, nuts, and seeds that hardcore paleos wouldn't go for, but would still be better for diabetes), over time, she could relatively painlessly modify her famous cooking to a much healthier style without alienating her core audience. Meat! Butter! Dairy! She could slowly reduce the sugar and carbs, and begin to increase the fat and protein, and in the process, trick her audience into some really amazing, healthy cooking that stays true to her rootsy southern style.

Deen has an effervescent, seductive (if highly curated) personality, and I'm very saddened by how she is managing this situation. Ultimately, Deen will suffer continuing health declines, while squandering an opportunity to provide a valuable service to people who could really benefit from her influence.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 18, 2012
at 12:17 AM

This article tries to be more even-handed.

I found it particularly interesting that Linda Siminerio, director of the Diabetes Institute at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is quoted as saying, ???To my knowledge no particular food has been linked to an increase in the risk of diabetes,??? Siminerio said. ???It???s being overweight and inactive.???

You really can't blame Paula or the media when so many qualified professionals give mixed signals about diabetes.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 18, 2012
at 03:49 AM

For clarification, I'm not saying Siminerio is right or wrong; I'm not qualified. But if you read several articles about Paula's condition, you saw a variety of different statements re: the causes of diabetes.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on January 18, 2012
at 02:31 AM

Siminerio is spot on.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 18, 2012
at 03:51 AM

For clarification, I'm not saying Siminerio is right or wrong; I'm not qualified. But if you read several articles about Paula's condition, you saw a variety of different statements re: the causes of diabetes including the "butter" thing. I thought this article tried hard to gather the best available info.

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21430)

on January 18, 2012
at 03:11 AM

Go figure...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zv8yEMRDe_w

Here's how I'd hack Paula's dia-beet-us...

STOP EATING BURGERS ON DONUTS!

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775bc83a7c54975e77a8500e065a24c3

on January 17, 2012
at 09:57 PM

I was once fooled into thinking that lifestyle and dietary choices had little or nothing to do with disease and ill health. Unfortunately, that belief cost me 4" of my sigmoid colon and a myriad of other digestive issues. What I'm getting at is that the majority of our society truly believes that fat and cholesterol are bad for you and highly refined carbs are ok in moderation. I have a strong family history of diabetes and some family members are ok with injecting insulin as long as they can continue to eat the foods most likely responsible for making them sick. Talk about addictive foods and addictive beliefs.

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on January 18, 2012
at 03:54 AM

Yes, it was the mass quantities of butter and oil that formed the waistline visceral fat strata, which probably induced the D2. But mass quantities of sugar and flour forced it to deposit. Like matches and gasoline...

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on March 26, 2012
at 01:59 AM

Just in case type II diabetic didn't face enough stigma (as someone training to be a dietician, anyone with type II diabetes just completely gets blamed and faulted). The negative "oh my god, she ate fat, and now she's fat, oh no!" media reaction that now has people following her around reporting every time she eats a freaking cheese burger like it's some breaking news, is so ridiculous. Guess what? Millions of Americans are in this same position. They are diabetic because they are following flawed guidelines, and don't understand why their diet is failing them. This is the system we live in. It is broken, and as long as it is broken, people will suffer. End of story. Paula Dean just happens to have a television show, so she gets to try and make a profit off this. Everyone else just has to stay at home and shell out money for meds. It's crazy.

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1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

on January 17, 2012
at 08:42 PM

Deen and every other person who has type two diabetes got it the same way...

Look, you can eat a lot of carbs, but then you better eat few to no fats. Or you can eat a lot of fats, but few to no carbs. If you eat both, well, you will get fat. period.

Deen is a big pharma shill btw.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on January 17, 2012
at 09:16 PM

yeah, that's why I totally have diabetes. And my mother. And my father. And my grandmother. And Danny Roddy. And Stephen Guyenet. And Steffan Lindeberg. All the coconut oil and yams/orange juice clearly equals death.

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(6719)

on January 17, 2012
at 09:12 PM

Probably when you exceed your 1200 calorie BMR for months on end by eating Paula Deen meals 6x per day. But no carbs after 6pm mmmKay?

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(4620)

on January 17, 2012
at 09:07 PM

How long until I get fat eating this way?

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