Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Media Contacts: Ryan O'Malley, Allison MacMunn
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CHICAGO - Celebrity chef Paula Deen announced Tuesday, January 17, that she has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and is working with a pharmaceutical company to promote a diabetes medication that she uses. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) reminds consumers that the first line of defense for the prevention and management of Type 2 diabetes is a healthy diet and regular exercise.
"In fact, with the assistance of a registered dietitian, diet, exercise and weight loss can also reverse prediabetes, which affects an estimated 79 million people," said registered dietitian Constance Brown-Riggs, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Deen, known for her Southern cuisine and prominent use of butter and bacon in recipes, is one of 25.8 million adults and children in the United States who have diabetes, a disease that contributes to more than 230,000 deaths annually and leads to complications such as heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, nervous system disease and amputation.
In 2007, the total
cost of diabetes in the United States was $218 billion, when factoring in the additional costs of
undiagnosed diabetes, prediabetes and gestational diabetes. On average, a person diagnosed
with diabetes has annual medical expenditures of $11,744, approximately 2.3 times higher than for
people without diabetes.
"If you're at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, consult a registered
dietitian who can work with you to create an eating plan that fits your lifestyle," said Brown-Riggs.
"Don't wait for a diagnosis to make the lifestyle changes that can prevent diabetes and its serious complications, as well
as significant medical costs."
Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at www.eatright.org to locate a registered dietitian in
your area. Learn more about living with diabetes on the Academy's Diabetes web page, and
also find reviews by registered dietitians of popular diabetes management apps for smart phones.
For media interviews with Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokespeople, journalists can contact Ryan O'Malley at 312/899-4769 or email email@example.com.
### The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at www.eatright.org.