The 66-year-old TV cook who spent years promoting a high-fat diet, decided to quit her unhealthy ways after being diagnosed with the disease and her husband and two sons jumped on board.
Ms Deen - who is now 40lbs lighter - explained to People: 'Doing it together helps so much. It's just easier when y'all encourage one another and pull in the same direction.'
Transformation: Paula Deen, who spent years promoting a high-fat diet, decided to quit her unhealthy ways after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and now she is 40lbs lighter (in 2010 (left) and last October (right))
Revealing her weight-loss secrets, she said: 'It's all about moderation. I eat reasonable portions now. Tonight I treated myself to just half a piece of bread... You can't deprive yourself all the time.'
Meanwhile her second husband Michael Groover managed to lose 60lbs. The 57-year-old was told he would need knee replacement surgery if he didn't trim down.
Last July his doctor put him on a diet called OurSkinny, which involves four protein shakes a day plus a light dinner.
Team effort: Ms Deen with her sons Bobby and Jamie, who both shed more than 30lbs
But now, like her, he is 'committed' to getting into shape.
'I love feeding people but now I also want to help people eat right'
After quitting carbs after 6pm and switching cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets for salad he lost just over 45lbs.
'Six year olds eat the right portions,' he exclaimed.
Jamie's brother Bobby, 42, said that he started taking care of himself long before his mother's diabetes diagnosis, around 12 years ago.
'I didn't look or feel good, and I decided to get into shape,' he recalled.
Unhealthy lifestyle: Ms Deen's husband Michael Groover said that before she started dieting he 'used to get birthday cakes when it was nobody's birthday'
His tip is to be creative and 'make parsnip chips instead of French fries.'
Ms Deen, who lives in Savannah, Georgia, is set to bring out a new cook book this fall titled The New Testament with more tips and healthy recipes.
'I love feeding people but now I also want to help people eat right,' she added.