Type 2 diabetes is fast becoming an epidemic in the United States and in other western countries. It is estimated that 25.8 million Americans are affected by the disease—8.3 percent of the population. And the number increases every year.

While lifestyle choices such as an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise are often to blame, it is a little more complicated than that. It's not just an individual's lack of control or motivation that leads him or her to develop type 2 diabetes; it is a whole host of mitigating factors, many of which are systemic in nature.

This data visualization project attempts to help show how poverty and lack of access to fresh fruits and vegetables (defined in this project as a "food desert") can create an environment in which developing type 2 diabetes is, for some people, easier than not. 

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