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Cameron Mitchell opens up about diabetes diagnosis, changes to his menus

On Thursday, Cameron Mitchell, founder and CEO of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, sat down with 10TV's Angela An.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A well-known restaurateur is opening up about his journey with diabetes and changes made to his food.

On Thursday, Cameron Mitchell, founder and CEO of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, sat down with 10TV's Angela An at The Diabetes and Metabolism Research Center's "Dining for Diabetes" fundraiser.

Mitchell shared he was diagnosed with the disease years ago.

"I was diagnosed with diabetes 15 years ago or so. Anybody who knows about diabetes knows it's growing and growing every year in the country. I think awareness is the first step to help cure that," Mitchell said.

Mitchell said he's seen some changes in dining habits over the years. He said dietary needs have evolved and so have his restaurants.

"Where we used a lot of butter and cream and fats years ago, we are using less of that," Mitchell said. "More true-flavors and simpler ingredients and lighter cooking in general."

Mitchell said they serve more vegetarian and gluten-free options now. He finds guests want to hand-tailor their order to best meet their needs.

"People are learning they can request different things. They can order off-the-menu so to speak, or order something prepared just a little bit different that meets their dietary needs. We're happy to do it," he said.

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