In acknowledgement of diabetes awareness month today’s map of the day shows the incidence rate per 1,000 population of diagnosed diabetes by county for the year 2013. From the map we can clearly see various southern states have a higher incidence indicated by the dark shading. In contrast, we see there are lower rates of diagnosed diabetes in counties within various Western states indicated by the yellow/yellow orange shading. Interestingly, we can see a similar pattern when comparing the previous map of obesity prevalence by county for the year 2013. Why might this be? One plausible reason for this relationship is that the more excess weight one has the more resistant their cells become to their own insulin, hence, increasing ones risk of developing type 2 diabetes .