My HMO doctor would walk in and chirp to me how "great" I was doing with my diabetes when I had an average glucose of 250 and an HbA1C in the double digits!!!
It took me over a thousand hours of effort over an eighteen-month period to learn how to manage my diabetes without going hypo. No one except other diabetics actually helped me. Every medical "professional" I met gave me vastly inaccurate and completely unhelpful advice: "eat more whole grain!", "if exercise is making you go hypo, don't walk so much", "here's your sliding scale -- yes, it only goes up to 250-mg/dl -- no you don't want to inject more insulin if you're very high".
Blather-blather-blather it was the freaking Tower of Babel around here until I became a strong advocate for myself and just gave up completely on getting accurate information from 90% of the medical community.
How many others are still eating their mountain of starchy carbs morning, noon and night because their dietician implies that they'll die without them? How many are crashing and burning in the night because their doctors have no idea of how to set up a basal/bolus/correction tailored to their body and their lifestyle?
Paula Deen's dietician has probably been telling how great she is doing, and asking her for her recipes, because, ya know: "there are no bad foods" per the ADtA. Sigh.