Diabetes is having an increasing effect on human societies around the world. The onset of type II diabetes is closely linked with lifestyle choices and the onset of metabolic syndrome. Understanding metabolic syndrome can be a useful gateway into classroom discussion relating to diabetes and possible Aim 8 and TOK issues.
The video below clarifies the symptoms of the syndrome. In addition here is a link to an article from The Economist that may provide opportunity for discussion on various associated topics from Topic 3.1 to Topic 3.6 of the syllabus.