Star Chef Paula Deen Endorses Diabetes Drug

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Celebrity chef Paula Deen turned 65 Thursday. But she's dealing with an unwelcome birthday present.

The queen of southern cooking is coming under fire for not warning her viewers about the dangers of eating fattening foods.

Deen revealed Tuesday that she's had type 2 diabetes for three years. Now she is teaming up with the pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk to help promote a diabetes drug. She pledged to donate a portion of her earnings from the endorsement deal to the American Diabetes Association.

"Paula Deen, through her work with Diabetes in a New Light, is likely to inspire many people living with type 2 diabetes to take a more positive approach to their diabetes care," ADA spokesperson Geralyn Spollett said in a statement.

Deen, who is famous for using plenty of butter and sugar in her recipes, told USA Today she's given up drinking sweet tea and is now exercising regularly.

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