Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Biological Sciences

First Advisor

Susan Stapleton

Second Advisor

Caroline Webber


The purpose of this study is to determine whether different global diets correlate with the increase in type 2 diabetes rates. Type 2 diabetes is the main diabetes type being looked at due to it being the one that can be maintained primarily by glycemic control, which is controlled by a good diet. Five different countries from different regions will be examined: Brazil, China, Micronesia, Nigeria, and the United States. The diets of these countries will be broken down into smaller pieces, like calories consumed each day and the percentage of macronutrients that make up the calories. Eleven food groups are also looked at by how many grams each country consumes per day. Other factors within the countries will be discussed, such as access to health care and genetics, to better determine if the diet is what is affecting the rate of diabetes. Then, each of these components will be analyzed to determine if there is a correlation between global diets and how they affect Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) rates.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access