Slate: The incidence of diabetes has risen steadily for the past 20 years, up to 8 percent of the population in 2008. In some regions of the country, however, the rate is nearly twice that. Since 2004, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released estimates for each county, and mapping that data reveals that there are clusters in states like Alabama and Mississippi, where around one in seven adults is diabetic. In the interactive map at Slate the growth in diabetes from 2004 to 2008 can be followed. In parts of the country the progression can only be described as an explosion. Read more…..