Paula Deen tells Today show co-host Al Roker that she has Type 2 diabetes. Peter Kramer/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption toggle caption Peter Kramer/ASSOCIATED PRESS The Salt Does The Queen of Unhealthy Eating Have To Eat Her Words? January 17, 2012 Paula Deen became rich and beloved by selling greasy, sugary Southern comfort food. Now she's got Type 2 diabetes. Can the queen of indulgence promote excess while also promoting a healthy lifestyle? Heaven knows, she's trying.