Biochemistry Option: Section B8 Nucleic acids

The nucleic acids section of the biochemistry option now has personal significance for me. Towards the end of last year, I was diagnosed as having type 2 diabetes. This came as a bit of a shock to me. I was not overweight and have a relatively healthy BMI of 23.6. However, after a bit of digging round into my family’s history I found out that on my father’s side of the family, his brother (my uncle), his mother (my grandmother) ...

Diabetes and metabolic syndrome

By Thursday, March 18, 2010 , 0

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 ...