Paula Deen..the chef famous for her decadent..high fat.. southern recipes.. is getting a lot of flak for having hid her diagnosis of diabetes for three years. She makes the big announcement soon after she’s made a reported 6 million dollar deal with a new diabetes medication.
I think it was an awful idea for the pharmaceutical company to select a chef so well known for her high fat cooking.. that if eaten with any regularity is very likely to push someone from a normal glucose to diabetes.. especially if there is any hereditary predisposition for the disease. It’s almost as if they want to promote the idea of..don’t worry about how you eat..just take our new drug.
It’s a myth that you can take any medication used to treat diabetes without changing the diet. Even if you can take sufficient doses of the medication to get the blood sugar down..you will most likely become more obese which will increase the amount of medication needed to control the blood sugar. That will eventually result in no blood sugar control and the need for insulin.
We have become a culture of…I don’t want to change how I live..just give me some medicine that will make it OK. The big problem with that philosophy is that no medication is without potential hazard. The new drug Ms Deen is promoting has some pretty scary potential side effects…caused thyroid tumors and thyroid cancer in some mice and rats (not necessarily a problem if you’re not a mouse or rat) and can cause pancreatitis especially if you have had that before or if you have gallstones..drink heavily..have high triglycerides. I’ll just bet that Ms Deen might have at least one of those.
If Ms. Deen does develop one of the complications mentioned above and dies..it will have solved her diabetes problem..which would make the new medication very effective.