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A gen­er­a­tion ago, there was no such thing as pre-diabetes. Well, the con­di­tion ex­isted – it just wasn’t given a name or di­ag­nosed the way it is now. Dr. Chris Fan, prac­tice site di­rec­tor for the en­docrinol­ogy and nephrol­ogy clinic at Penn State Her­shey Med­i­cal Cen­ter, said news re­ports that nearly half of all Amer­i­cans are ei­ther di­a­betic or pre-di­a­betic are pretty ac­cu­rate. “If you fig­ure that seven to 10 per­cent of Amer­i­cans have diabetes, an­other seven to 10 per­cent have it and don’t re­al­ize it, and the num­ber of peo­ple who have pre-diabetes is at least dou­ble that, you’re not far from half,” Fan said. Al­though the def­i­ni­tion of diabetes and the cri­te­ria for be­ing di­ag­nosed have not changed, more Amer­i­cans are liv­ing – or will soon live with – the chronic con­di­tion. “As our col­lec­tive waist­line ex­pands, more peo­ple are be­com­ing di­a­betic or pre-di­a­betic,” Fan said. An­other chal­lenge is that not ev­ery­one is dili­gent about go­ing to their fam­ily doc­tor for screen­ings and blood tests that can in­di­cate the dis­ease. “A lot of times peo­ple don’t even re­al­ize they have the con­di­tion,” he said. As with most health is­sues, early di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment can pre­vent com­pli­ca­tions. “It’s nat­u­ral for peo­ple not to

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