It is possible that she honestly believes it is the sweet tea that is responsible for the diabetes. And genetics, race and age. Lifestyle covers a lot of territory. Go on any diabetic support group and you will read of people eating meat, dairy and fat but carefully counting carbs as though they are the primary cause of diabetes.
The Smithfield Ham and Philadelphia Cream Cheese people must be awfully glad that she attributes her diabetes to sweet tea. She doesn't say anything about cutting out ham and cream cheese..
Paula is the Queen of Denial. But then, it doesn't help that The American Diabetes Association doesn't really support a healthy diet. Paula will never give up her butter. And to think that using 5 different kinds of cheeses in a dish is perfectly OK because they are all fat-free cheese is just silly. I am trying to re-create good ol' down home Southern cooking on my blog (below). As Dr. McDougall illustrates in "The New McDougall Cookbook," (pub. 1997), you can change many recipes to comply with his program. I even found a way to make cherry cream cheese pie without cheese and it's delicious.