Posted Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at 4:15 PM
Paula Deen’s long-professed love for butter may turn out to have been an abusive relationship. The famous Southern cook and Food Network star announced on NBC’s Today show that she has Type 2 Diabetes. Her admission may not come as a surprise to some who have speculated that the decadent Deen has struggled with the disease—which reportedly affects 79 million Americans and has been connected to lack of exercise, obesity, and, of course, diet. Deen told the Today audience that she waited three years to announce her diagnosis because she wanted to do so with a plan of action. Along with sons Bobby and Jaime, the celebrity chef will launch a campaign and a new set of lighter Deen recipes in partnership with diabetes medication manufacturer Novo Nordisk. Deep-fried stuffing on a stick and butter balls, your days are numbered in Paula’s kitchen.