Slate magazine has an utterly fascinating visual depiction of a developing health crisis in America: diabetes.
Here’s the rate of diabetes in 2004
And just four years later, it looks like this:
Compared to the South, as you can see, Minnesota gets off pretty easy. But it’s not too hard to see why diabetes is going to cost the U.S. over $3.4 trillion, by one estimate.
Type 2 diabetes can be prevented with a simple change in diet in many cases. But many people don’t bother.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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