Faculty Sponsor

Sanjeev Jha


Business Administration


Information and Decision Sciences/Business Analytics

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 2017


The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has declared diabetes to be one of the largest global health emergencies of the 21st century (International Diabetes Federation). IDF estimates about 415 million adults have diabetes currently and about 318 million adults having impaired glucose tolerance, making them highly susceptible to develop diabetes. As per the estimate in the year 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population, had diabetes, and diabetes was the 7th leading cause of death in the United States (American Diabetes Association). Also, the United States has the 3rd largest number of confirmed cases of diabetes after China and India (Albert Einstein College of Medicine). Diabetes is dangerous because it engenders gradual long-term complications like cardiovascular disease, nerve and kidney damage, blindness, hearing loss, and Alzheimer’s disease (Mayoclinic).

In this study, we employ visual analytics to analyze and understand the prevalence and impact of diabetes worldwide and within the United States. Our analysis uncovers countries and the counties in the United States that are at higher risk of diabetes, where preventive measures and early detection can help save lives and reduce medical expenses.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Nathan Mahan: Senior majoring in business analytics. President of Valpo Club Bowling, President of Geography Club, and Production Director of WVUR. National Finalist IBS Radio Awards for production.

Randall Swanson: Senior majoring in business analytics and finance. Member of Phi Beta Lambda and Financial Management Association.

We are both doing an independent study and participated in the Merck Analytics Challenge, where we researched the impact and prevalence of diabetes. Both Nathan and Randall are members of Beta Gamma Sigma and multiple-time dean's list students.