## GH-METHODS

Math-Physical Medicine

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Postprandial Plasma Glucose Lower and Upper Boundary Study Using Two Glucose Coefficients of GH-Modulus from Linear Elastic Glucose Theory Based on GH-Method: Math-Physical Medicine, Part 9

**Corresponding Author: Gerald C. Hsu, eclaireMD Foundation, USA.**

**Abstract**

This article is Part 9 of the author’s linear elastic glucose behavior study, which focuses on searching for an ap-plicable data range of two glucose coefficients of both GH.f-modules and GH.p-modules via lower-bound and up-per-bounds of predicted postprandial plasma glucose (PPG) values which would be useful to most type 2 diabetes (T2D) patients.

The linear elastic glucose behavior equation is:

**Predicted PPG = (0.97 * GH.f-modulus * Weight) + (GH.p-modulus * Carbs&sugar) – (post-meal walking k-steps * 5)**

This equation is useful in predicting PPG values and helping patients with their diabetes control.

Here is the step-by-step PPG boundary analysis of the eight standard cases using linear elastic glucose theory as described in this paper [10, 17]:

- Baseline PPG has only two values, i.e. using lower bound of FPG 100*0.97 = 97, and upper bound of FPG 150*0.97 =146
- plus carbs/sugar intake amount’s lower-bound of 10 grams of carbs/sugar intake: 97+10*GH.p 2.0 = 97+20 = 117 mg/dL, and higher bound of 25 grams of carbs/sugar intake: 146 + 25*6.0 = 146+150 = 296 mg/dL
- minus post-meal walking k-steps’ lower-bound of 4K steps: -5*4 = – 20 = 117-20 =97 mg/dL, and higher bound of 1K steps: -5*1 = -5 = 296-5 = 291 mg/dL
- Therefore, the boundary of predicted PPG shows data is located within the numerical range of lower bound of 97 mg/dL & upper bound of 291 mg/dL.

The author has demonstrated the biomedical meaning and data sensitivity of these two glucose coefficients of GH.f-modulus and GH.p-modulus. From clinical viewpoints, the applicable glucose data range using the calculated lower and upper bounds of PPG values for the eight standard cases seems reasonable.

**Introduction**

This article is Part 9 of the author’s linear elastic glucose behavior study, which focuses on searching for an applicable data range of two glucose coefficients of both GH.f-modules and GH.p-modules via lower-bound and upper-bounds of predicted postprandial plas-ma glucose (PPG) values which would be useful to most type 2 diabetes (T2D) patients.

**Methods****1. Background**

To learn more about the author’s GH-Method: math-physical med-icine (MPM) methodology, readers can refer to his article to under-stand his developed MPM analysis method in Reference 1.

**2. Highlights of His Related Research & Engineering The-ory of Elasticity**

The readers can view the details of his previous research work related to this subject in the Reference. He would like to present again the linear elastic equation of the predicted PPG with two glucose coefficients of both GH.f-modules and GH.p-modules:

**Predicted PPG =(0.97 * GH.f-modulus * Weight) + (GH.p-modu-lus * Carbs&sugar) – (post-meal walking k-steps * 5)**

Where

fasting plasma glucose (FPG)= Weight * GH.f-modulus

By using this equation, a patient only needs the input data of body weight, carbs & sugar intake amount, and post-meal walking steps in order to calculate the predicted PPG without obtaining any mea-sured glucose data.

**3. Linear Elastic Glucose Behaviors**

By utilizing the concept of Young’s modulus with stress and strain, which the author learned from engineering schools, he has initiat-ed and engaged this linear elastic glucose behaviors research since 10/14/2020. The following paragraphs describe his research find-ings during the past month:

First, he discovered that there is a “pseudo-linear” relationship ex-isted between carbs & sugar intake amount and incremental PPG amount. Based on this finding, he defined his first glucose coeffi-cient of GH.p-modulus for PPG.

Second, similar to Young’s modulus relating to stiffness of engi-neering inorganic materials, he found that the GH.p-modulus is depended upon the patient’s severity level of obesity and diabetes, i.e. health conditions.

Third, comparable to GH.p-modulus for PPG, he uncovered a sim-ilar pseudo-linear relationship existing between weight and FPG in 2017. Therefore, he defined his second glucose coefficient of GH.f-modulus for FPG.

Fourth, he inserted these two glucose coefficients, GH.p-modulus and GH.f-modulus, into the PPG prediction equation to remove the burden of collecting measured glucoses by patients.

Fourth, he inserted these two glucose coefficients, GH.p-modulus and GH.f-modulus, into the PPG prediction equation to remove the burden of collecting measured glucoses by patients.

Fifth, by experimenting and calculating many predicted PPG values over a variety of time length from different diabetes patients with different health conditions, he finally revealed that GH.p-modulus seems to be “near-constant” or “pseudo-linearized” over a short period of 3 to 4 months. This short period is compatible with the known lifespan of red blood cells, which are living organic cells, which are different from the engineering inorganic materials, such as steel or concrete. The same conclusion was also observed using the monthly GH.p-modulus data from one particular patient during the 2020 COVID-19 period.

Sixth, he used three clinical cases during the 2020 COVID-19 pe-riod to delve into the hidden characteristics of the physical pa-rameters and their biomedical relationships. More importantly, through the comparison study in Part 7, he was able to identify more biomedical interpretations of his two defined glucose coeffi-cients of GH.p-modulus and GH.f-modulus.

**4. Data Processing In This Article**

First, he used the average height of a US male (5’9”) and US fe-male (5’4”) and two BMI values, 25 for normal weight and 35 for obesity, to separate his hypothetical data into four general groups, i.e. normal male, obese male, normal female, and obese female. He then used two different diabetes levels, normal FPG at 100 mg/dL and diabetic FPG at 150 mg/dL, to further separate them into eight standard cases.

Second, he calculated the first glucose coefficient of GH.f-modu-lus using the following formula:

**GH.f-modulus = FPG / Weight**

In this way, he was able to obtain eight different GH.f-modulus values, which are corresponding to eight individual standard cas-es.

Third, he calculated the baseline PPG value using the following formula:

- Baseline PPG

= 0.97 * FPG

= 0.97 * Weight * GH.f-modulus

He noticed from his calculated results that due to his specific defi-nition of standard cases, there are only two fixed values of Base-line PPG, which are 97 mg/dL for a non-diabetic person and 146 mg/dL for a diabetic person, regardless of gender and weight.

Fourth, he selected two extreme-end values of the GH.p-modulus, i.e. 2.0 for the case where glucose is quite insensitive to carbs/sugar intake amount (i.e. non-severe diabetes) and 6.0 for the case where glucose is extremely sensitive to carbs/sugar intake amount (i.e. severe diabetes), in calculating the PPG influences from food intake. He believes that, in reality, for most diabetes patients the GH.p-modulus values are within the range between 2.0 to 6.0. Fur-thermore, he selected four levels of carbs/sugar intake amounts, i.e. 10g, 15g, 20g, and 25g for his calculation using either 2.0 or 6.0 for GH.p-modulus values. He assumed that for most diabetes patients’ health concerns, their average carbs/sugar intake amount should be under 25 grams per meal. Otherwise, their diabetes con-ditions would be very difficult to control via a lifestyle manage-ment approach unless they are on numerous medications. For any patient who does follow the author’s suggestion regarding diet, then this carbs/sugar intake amount recommendation would be very helpful to him or her. From a mathematical viewpoint, in the later part of this article, the author has also conducted an extreme “stress test” of 50 grams per meal of carbs/sugar intake amount, which would push this hypothetical patient’s PPG level up to 475 mg/dL. This hyperglycemia situation does happen to some severe diabetes patients.

Fifth, he calculated the increased PPG amount due to food by us-ing the following formula:

- Increased PPG by food = Carbs/sugar * GH.p-modulus

Sixth, he selected four exercise levels of post-meal waking steps of 1k, 2k, 3k, and 4k. In his extreme “stress test”, he also added in a 5k walking steps of exercise to further reduce his predicted PPG by an additional 5 mg/dL. Over the past 7 years, the author’s av-erage post-meal walking is approximately 4,500 steps. Therefore, he does understand how much of an effort is needed to maintain this good habit.

Seventh, he calculated the decreased PPG amount due to exercise by using the following formula:

**Decreased PPG by walking= Walking k-steps * 5**

Eighth, he could calculate the predicted PPG by using the follow-ing formula:

- Predicted PPG = Baseline PPG + PPG by carbs/sugar – PPG by walking = (0.97 * Weight * GH.f-modulus) + (Carbs/sugar * GH.p-modulus) -(Walking k-steps * 5)

Finally, the ninth step is to use these 256-separated calculation groups (256 = 8*2*4*4) from his detailed calculations to figure out the PPG “boundaries”, i.e. the lower bound and upper bound of the predicted PPG values. He then checked those boundaries against the realistic biomedical boundary of clinical diabetes conditions.

In this study, he used Excel to conduct his grouping boundary cal-culations instead of writing a customized software for this task. After obtaining more proof, evidence, and validation, he would consider in transforming the above steps and calculations into an APP program for the mobile phones for use by a larger pool of diabetes patients.

###### Figure 1: Data table and calculation table of 8 standard cases and 3 clinical cases

###### Figure 2: Different Glucose coefficients of GH.f-modulus for 8 standard cases and 3 clinical cases

###### Figure 3: Data table of food influences and predicted PPG for 8 standard cases

**Results**

Figure 4 reflects the upper and lower bounds of the predicated PPG values of eight standard cases. Each standard case contains 32 (=2 GH.p * 4 carbs/sugar * 4 walking) sets of detailed calcu-lations. Nevertheless, he chose the lowest PPG value of 97 mg/dL as the lower-bound value and the highest PPG value of 291 mg/dL as the upper-bound value for these eight hypothetical stan-dard cases. In this diagram, he also performed an extreme “stress test” by increasing the carbs/sugar intake amount to 50 grams for pushing the PPG value or by increasing the walking steps to 5k steps for reducing the PPG value. This stress test has provided a new lower-bound PPG of 92 mg/dL by walking 5k steps and a new upper-bound PPG of 475 mg/dL by consuming 50 grams of carbs/sugar per meal. Based on the author’s personal experience and his collected glucose record regarding his diabetes conditions, this lower bound of 97 mg/dL and upper bound of 271 mg/dL are quite close to his own collected glucose data range. By observing other T2D patients, the lower bound of 92 mg/dL and upper bound of 475 mg/dL for extreme stress test are also feasible. In Figure 5, he shows his past PPG record of post-lunch PPG of 280 mg/dL from consuming a local island food and sweets in Hawaii in May of 2018. This extreme high PPG value must accompany with a higher GH.p-modulus value, which also reveals his glucose’s su-per sensitivity to carbs/sugar intake at that time. In other words, this GH.p-modulus reflects the overall health conditions of his liv-er and pancreatic beta cells at that time.

###### Figure 4: Lower-bound and Upper-bound of Predicted PPG val-ues from 8 standard cases and the extreme “stress test” case

###### Figure 5: Clinical Case A’s hyperglycemia data example in May of 2015

In Figure 6, he applied a special 4-dimensional presentation dia-gram developed by him as described in Reference 17 to graphically present these four extreme PPG locations together in terms of their close relationships with carbs/sugar and post-meal walking along with the hidden relationship with GH.f-modulus (weight and FPG) and GH.p-modulus (diet and exercise). This special 4-dimensional diagram can clearly present the four PPG boundary points.

Some results in Figure 7 are recopied from Part 1 through Part 8 of his research work [10, 17]. The three clinical cases are different from the eight stan-dard cases since each case has a unique set of input data (weight, FPG, carbs, walking, GH-modulus) and output data (GH-modulus and PPG) instead of the eight standard cases constituting a “nu-merical range” of input and output data. As a comparison, the three clinical cases data are very well located within the data range (i.e., from lower bound to upper bound) of the eight standard cases. It should be pointed out that the results from the clinical cases are more skewed toward the lower bound side of the eight standard cases, which means that their diabetes condition are quite well un-der control.

###### Figure 6: A special 4-dimensional representation of upper-bound and lower-bound of predicted PPG values, including carbs/sugar, walking, PPG, and the “hidden” GH.p-modulus

###### Figure 7: Predicted Glucose values of 3 clinical cases

Figure 8 shows the summarized results of lower bound and upper bound of predicted PPG boundary analysis.

###### Figure 8: Results of lower-bound and upper-bound of predicted PPG boundary analysis

**Conclusions**

The linear elastic glucose behavior equation is:

**Predicted PPG =****(0.97 * GH.f-modulus * Weight) + (GH.p-modulus * Carbs&sug-ar) – (post-meal walking k-steps * 5)**

This equation is useful in predicting PPG values and helping pa-tients with their diabetes control.

Here is the step-by-step PPG boundary analysis of the eight stan-dard cases using linear elastic glucose theory as described in this paper [10, 17]:

- Baseline PPG has only two values, i.e. using lower bound of FPG 100*0.97 = 97, and upper bound of FPG 150*0.97 =146
- plus carbs/sugar intake amount’s lower-bound of 10 grams of carbs/sugar intake: 97+10*GH.p 2.0 = 97+20 = 117 mg/dL, and higher bound of 25 grams of carbs/sugar intake: 146 + 25*6.0 = 146+150 = 296 mg/dL
- minus post-meal walking k-steps’ lower-bound of 4K steps:

– 5*4 = – 20 = 117-20 =97 mg/dL, and higher bound of 1K steps: -5*1 = -5 = 296-5 = 291 mg/dL - Therefore, the boundary of predicted PPG shows data is lo-cated within the numerical range of lower bound of 97 mg/dL & upper bound of 291 mg/dL.

The author has demonstrated the biomedical meaning and data sensitivity of these two glucose coefficients of GH.f-modulus and GH.p-modulus. From clinical viewpoints, the applicable glucose data range using the calculated lower and upper bounds of PPG values for the eight standard cases seems reasonable [1-17].

**Acknowledgement**

Foremost, I would like to express my deep appreciation to my former professors: professor James Andrews at the University of lowa, who helped develop my foundation in basic engineering and computer science, and professor Norman Jones at the Massachu-setts Institute of Technology, who taught me how to solve tough scientific problem through the right attitude and methodology.

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