updated 01/15/2012 AT 4:20 PM ET
•originally published 01/17/2012 AT 5:15 AM ET
From fried chicken to mac and cheese casseroles, Paula Deen has made her mark on the culinary world – and in the homes of fans – with recipes that don’t skimp on cheese, cream and sugar. Not to mention butter … whole sticks of it.
And even as she reveals that she is living with Type 2 Diabetes, she says it won’t stop her from eating the way she wants.
“I was determined to share my positive approach and not let diabetes stand in the way of enjoying my life,” Deen said Tuesday in a release announcing her launch of Diabetes in a New Light , geared toward finding “simple ways” to manage challenges of the disease.
“I’m excited to team up with Novo Nordisk on this initiative to show others that managing diabetes does not have to stop you from enjoying the things you love.”