New Interactive Map Visualizes Correlation between Type 2 Diabetes and Access to Fresh Food, Poverty Levels

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Free, County-level Data Tool Puts into Visual Context the Relationship Between Type 2 Diabetes, Areas Defined as “Food Deserts” and Areas with Lower Household Income

Type 2 Diabetes Interactive Infographic

Diabetes Incidence Data Visualization

This comprehensive approach to visualizing diabetes rates will allow individuals & institutions to better understand regional risk factors and identify potential solutions., a leading source of online health and wellness information, today published a new visual interactive tool that analyzes county-level diabetes incidence and the overlap with average household income levels, poverty rates, and “food deserts” – areas where healthy, affordable food is unavailable. Using data from the US Census and the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Healthline has created the first multi-tiered tool to examine adult diabetes on a national scale in conjunction with relevant socio-economic factors. This comprehensive approach to visualizing and understanding diabetes rates will allow researchers, payers, healthcare providers, advocacy organizations and public health agencies to better understand regional risk factors and identify potential solutions.

Color-coded and user-friendly, the interactive map allows viewers to select an individual state or county for detailed information or watch the entire map change as they filter out counties by diabetes, food desert, income, or poverty criteria. Healthline has translated the CDC’s disease-rate maps to provide users a better understanding of the correlation of disease to a combination of health and economic data. The map is easily scalable and customizable to allow users to set specific percentage or dollar ranges for their desired combination of factors on the map.

The American Diabetic Association believes the number of diabetic adults in the U.S. is more than 25 million and growing swiftly. Healthline is committed to developing educational and novel online health tools and today’s release of this interactive map helps users easily comprehend and compare areas with the highest and lowest rates of diagnosed diabetes, food deserts, incomes, and poverty rates.

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