Paula Deen has been hammered in the press lately. On January 17, 2012, Deen shared that she had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes three years prior. Deen is known for her love of rich, luxuriant, high- calorie, fat-laden foods. A high calorie diet is a major risk factor for Type 2 diabetes. It is now also known that she is a paid spokesperson for a diabetes drug made by the Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk. People have expressed concern, even outrage over what appears to be Deen working both sides of the street–peddling a high fat, high calorie diet and selling drugs to deal with the consequences of such a diet.
No matter what your feelings are about Paula and her choices, Type 2 diabetes is not a disease to play around with. As a podiatrist, I have seen firsthand the utterly devastating effects this disease can do. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar (glucose). With type 2 diabetes, your body either doesn’t respond to the effects of insulin or doesn’t produce enough insulin to maintain a normal glucose level.
I treat a lot of diabetic patients and my number one advice to them is to manage their blood sugar. Uncontrolled diabetes is a health disaster. It can lead to numerous serious problems such as heart and blood vessel disease, nerve damage (neuropathy,) kidney damage (nephropathy), eye damage, foot damage (diabetic foot), skin and mouth conditions, osteoporosis, and even alzheimer’s disease.
The bottom line is this: If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, keep yourself under a doctor’s close care, eat well, exercise and maintain a healthy weight.
If you or someone you love is suffering from diabetes and are located in the Sarasota area, please feel free to contact my office by calling today at (941) 366-2627. For foot care in Bradenton, call (941) 753-9599.
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