By Denise Reynolds RD for EmaxHealth.com
After much speculation, Paula Deen, the 64-year-old Food Network Star, has revealed that she has in fact been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. On the TODAY show, Deen tells Al Roker and viewers that she was diagnosed three years ago during a regular physical but kept the news close to her chest until she could find a way to use the message to help others. Today, she announced the launch of her website, with pharmaceutical partner Novo Nordisk, “Diabetes in a New Light.”
According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2011 18.8 million people in the United States had a confirmed diagnosis of diabetes. There were 1.9 million new cases in adults diagnosed in 2010 alone. However, two other startling statistics are brought to light in the National Diabetes Fact Sheet released January 26, 2011. It is estimated that 7 million American people have diabetes but do not yet know. 79 million have what is known as “prediabetes,” something that used to be called “borderline diabetes” where blood sugar is elevated, but not yet to the point of a clinical diagnosis.