Reagan Houston, MS, PE 5/16/2017
Early Draft To be revised for Townsend Letter.15
Diabetes disease kills over 76,000 people a year in the U.S.
Type 2 Diabetes occurs when the body does not properly metabolize glucose in cells outside the brain. The blood may have sufficient glucose, insulin and vitamin C, but glucose cannot enter cells.1, 4 Normally the brain tells the pancreas gland to make more insulin when the glucose level in the blood is too high. Cell membranes throughout the body have receptors that receive the key signals from insulin to consume more glucose. But corrupt membranes may not have enough receptors (or permeability) to receive sufficient insulin. 4, 12, 13
Without the insulin signal, glucose consumption in cells stays low. This causes glucose and insulin to build up even further in the blood, a harmful situation. Without glucose entering cells the body is short of energy.
Trans fats or hydrogenated fats are in the common foods we have been eating for years without any problems (we thought). Every cell in our body is surrounded by a semi-permeable membrane that has a layer of fat in it. 5 After decades of consuming trans fats, 13 these membranes can become corrupted. Cells need omega-3 type normal fatty acids to maintain and repair the fatty membrane layer but cells will use trans fats if normal fats are not available. Unfortunately, trans fats have a different physical shape and can make the fatty layer stiff and less permeable. Eventually some group of cells may become damaged enough to hinder the intake of glucose and diabetes and Type 2 results. Fortunately, the cell membranes can often be repaired by simply changing the diet. 5,13
|Table 1. Therapy for Diabetes Type 2|
|Thiamine, Vitamin B1
|250 mg x4|
|Pyridokas5 phosophate PSP||100 mg 35|
|Magnesium, organic 36||450|
More if pain
|Vitamin C, mg|
|Vitamin D-3, IU||5,000|
|Vitamin B complex 100||one|
|Vitamin E, natural, IU
|Fish oil or omega-3 pills, mg||4,000|
|Weight control 37|
|Less processed carbohydrates|
|Vitamin C, mg||2,000-3,000|
Therapy of diabetes Type 2 starts by decreasing or stopping the intake of trans fats, Table 1. To rebuild the fatty acid layer in the cell membranes, we need natural, omega-3 fatty acids commonly available from fish oil or flaxseed oil. 19 A normal diet cannot provide enough omega-3 fat for therapy. We also need sufficient vitamins C and E.13 We need vitamin C because its lack may have started the process of corrupting cell membranes. Other supplements are helpful and may speed up the healing process.
For Type 2 diabetes, recovery may take 4 months to a year or more, depending partly on how completely the trans fats are eliminated from the diet and on supplements taken.
Some people believe Alzheimer’s disease may be Type 3 diabetes where diabetes attacks the brain rather than the eyes or muscles.20
Alzheimer’s disease, AD, is well studied but results have been disappointing.
The basic problem is to get glucose from the blood through the membrane and into cells that need it. High blood pressure and high concentration of insulin attempt to cram glucose into the cells. Unfortunately this cramming causes pain and other bad side effects of diabetes. The original problem started when trans fats corrupted the membrane. The obvious solution is to provide sufficient omega-3 fatty acid to repair the membrane. ((Lindsey noted that his supplements decrease the symptoms but were not a cure. He did not suggest taking omega-3 fatty acid.)) Some researchers suggest 3 fish oil pills daily. The composition of fish oil depends on the type of fish. Companies now know how to separate fish oil into its parts to sell stronger or weaker ”fish oil” pills while making more money. The useful parts of fish oil are EPA and DHA,
eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexanoic acid. A good fish oil might contain 800 to 1,000 mg of EPA and DHA. A safe dose might be one to four pills with more pills if the actual pills were not full strength. Many pill bottles list a serving size of two and then list amount of each serving.
Lindsey in Table 1 lists the supplements he used. He found that after 7 days his diabetes pains started to decrease and after 3 weeks his “pain was mostly gone!”
These therapies use over the counter, low cost un-patentable items. Drug companies cannot reasonably spend millions to get omega-3 fatty acids approved by the Food and Drug Administration, FDA. unless pushed by the public. Fortunately, essential vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids are not well controlled by FDA so they can tried by patients. They can ask their doctors if the supplements in Table 1 are harmful. Your doctor may say they are not approved but that is a political comment. Ask if they are harmful.
The supplements listed in Table 1 are also helpful toward controlling cancer and cardiovascular diseases. The Merck Manual reports that 80% of diabetics eventually die of heart and blood disorders.
Stopping trans fats and starting a diet high in omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins might slow down or even reverse diabetes Types 2. A good diet low in sugars, trans fats and processed foods is essential. The procedure looks safe and simple but good medical supervision is recommended.
I do not expect main line medicine to ever spend money to develop cheap therapies for diabetes or Alzheimer’s diseases without great push from patients and their families. Fortunately patients can spend their own time on a possible therapy. Waiting for tests that may never be run is not helpful.
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Reagan Houston, MS, PE
(Professional Chemical Engineer)
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Hendersonville, NC 28792