In an innovative visual presentation, the Washington Post graphics team, working with global data, has summarized the worldwide progression of two main risk factors for heart disease: increased body mass index (BMI) and diabetes.

Heart disease and diabetes are two chronic conditions that are widely prevalent among Americans, Laborers and their families as well. Preventing these conditions – as well as learning how to properly manage them – is a task made even more difficult by prevailing, global nutrition and fitness trends that require strong individual efforts to go against the tide.

In a graphic format, the two charts show the evolution of these factors by gender in region-grouped nations from 1980 to 2008. Viewers can select individual nations to see how rates are evolving in each.

For medical professionals as well as anyone interested in global health, this display is worth a quick look. Go to: A Global Look at Cardiac Risk Factors.

[Steve Clark]