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I was at an American Liver Foundation outreach seminar with my husband a few years. One of the speakers was a pediatric hepatologist talking about non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. In children. The youngest patient she'd ever seen it in was 8 (this is Colorado, BTW).....but mentioned that it's well documented as appearing in kids as young as 2!!! I remember a time when I called childhood dental caries *the gift that keeps on giving* and that was a depressing enough thought.

The condition [pre-diabetes] is marked by blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not yet at the diabetes level.....

Thing is, though, that even this alert is a late stage event in the health-to-disease continuum and is usually preceded by a period of insulin resistance. If you factor the numbers of folk who're insulin resistance and only seeing normal blood glucose because the pancreas is pushing out ever increasing amounts of insulin, then the number of folk who're well on their way to disease is truly staggering.

Because I've started to feel a bit more mortal and being a pro active sort of person, I actually requested an insulin resistance test at my physical a week ago. This is in spite of the index of suspicion for any metabolic dysfunction being low.
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