Rumors that the 64-year-old Southern cook suffers from the disease have been persistent: Type-2 diabetes is associated with a diet that is high in fat and sugar – the type of diet she has been criticized for promoting through her TV cooking shows and cookbooks.
The National Enquirer first reported the diagnosis in April 2010. Deen has neither confirmed nor denied the reports – until now.
Deen, who told TODAY.com last year that she couldn’t do without butter or a deep-fryer, was called out by fellow food personality Anthony Bourdain in a TV Guide article for being “the worst, most dangerous person to America,” who “revels in her unholy connections with evil corporations” .
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