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Insulin, a drug commonly used to treat diabetes, can maximize the efficacy of chemotherapy drugs.
Insulin Potentiation Therapy Benefits:
- Requires lower chemotherapy drug doses, reducing its known side effects: nausea, lack of appetite, fatigue.
- No surgery or radiation treatments required.
- IPT is performed on an outpatient status.
- Can maximize the effect of chemotherapy drugs.
Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas that regulates the intake of glucose into cells and is important for moderating blood sugar levels. Patients with Type 2 diabetes must take daily insulin injections to compensate for the pancreas’s inability to naturally produce insulin. This normalizes insulin levels and allows the patient’s cells to accept glucose and reduces blood sugar.
However, a 70 year old discovery could use insulin to fight cancer and use cancer’s ravenous appetite against itself. Insulin Potentiation Therapy uses insulin to increase the cancer cell’s reception to chemotherapy drugs and slow its spread.
How Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT) works:
Like normal cells, cancer cells must feed on glucose, a simple sugar which provides energy. Since all cells have an outer membrane, insulin helps convey glucose through the cell membrane by communicating with cellular enzymes to absorb glucose.
Normal cells have a number of ‘docks’ where insulin attaches itself, but cancer cells have several more of these receptors. Since glucose is necessary for cell growth, the cancer cell uses this as fuel to grow and spread throughout the body. What makes cancer even more dangerous is that it can produce its own insulin and absorb more glucose.
Insulin Potentiation add insulin to the bloodstream to use these receptors against cancer and allow chemotherapy drugs to enter and defeat it.
Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT) Procedure:
- The night before, the patient must fast.
- Under the supervision of a licensed medical doctor, an intravenous drip consisting of insulin (Humilin® or Humalog®) is administered, initial insulin injection, which lowers the patient’s blood sugar and induces mild hypoglycemia. The doctor will have and IV of glucose on standby in the rare case the patient is hypersensitive to insulin.
- After about 30 minutes, the doctor will assess the patient’s readiness to accept chemotherapy medications. At this point, the cancer’s insulin receptors are activating and are ready to accept nutrients. An IV drip of chemotherapy drugs is administered, followed by a glucose IV to restore normal blood sugar. Also, the patient is offered juice or a glucose based beverage like Gatorade®)
- After the treatment, the patient is given instructions on what foods to eat.