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My name is Ben Cooper. I am 21 years old now and just finished my junior year of college. My brother was diagnosed at age 1 and I was then entered into a study called DAISY. Through that study, it was discovered that I was at high risk for developing diabetes myself. When I was 11 years old, the doctors told my mother, "don't worry, Ben won't be diabetic for at least a few more weeks." I had positive autoantibodies and was sent in for an IVGTT.

Well, my mother did worry. Thankfully, she had just reviewed an amazing grant by Dr. Michael Clare-Salzler, and she thought his approach of giving high dose docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) was brilliant. She was serving on the JDRF grant review board at the time this happened. We flew to Gainesville, and Dr. Clare-Salzler measured my inflammatory markers (COX2). They were very elevated. We went home and my mom put me on high dose DHA (about 5 capsules a day). She also wrote to all of the researchers she most respected and based on their advice, she started me on a "cocktail" made up of safe and healthy supplements.

Every day (or at least if she bugged me), I would take DHA, 2 green tea capsules, 1 alpha lipoic acid tablet, vitamin C, vitamin E and a multi-vitamin.

6 months later, my autoantibodies were gone.

When I was about 13 1/2, I decided I didn't need to keep taking the supplements. Unfortunately the autoantibodies came back. I went back on the "cocktail" and they went away again.

When I started college at age 18, I was pretty busy and stopped taking "the cocktail." The autoantibodies came back again! So I went back on the DHA (and now we added a baby aspirin and extra vitamin D due to new research), and the autoantibodies went away again.

I'm 21 now and glad that I didn't get diabetes at age 11 as the doctor predicted. The DHA is easy to take now.

I am posting this in case others want to do their own research. The bottom line is that all forms of diabetes have one thing in common - prior to diagnosis, there is an increase in inflammation (measured by COX2 or CRP or both), and so the DHA reduces inflammation. Pretty simple!

Well - I hope this helps others.

Take Care,


Published June 17, 2009

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